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Dark Blue Reviews

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February 20, 2003
Dark Blue proclaims itself a character drama and a voyage of self-discovery for the flawed cop -- which proves to be its fatal weakness.
February 21, 2003
L.A. cop-and-corruption drama set against the Rodney King verdicts is an uninspiring morass of been-there, seen-that material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 23, 2003
Shelton, working from a script by David Ayer, is eager to use each and every cliché at his disposal.
| Original Score: 2/5
February 21, 2003
The movie ends not with a bang but a wimp.
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2003
When it comes to Dark Blue, you've seen it all before and seen it done better.
February 19, 2003
Its imagined grittiness is polished to a Hollywood high gloss. Its hard-edged dialogue...has had all its shock value re-written and over-rehearsed right out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 24, 2003
... there's not much here but for the pulp entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 22, 2003
...standard, formulaic, Hollywood crime fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 19, 2003
The movie has a distinctly dated vibe.
February 20, 2003
The script is overloaded with exposition and incident, and for long passages it shows all the verve and imagination of an episode of Hunter.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 20, 2003
Speedman doesn't show much in his first big movie role, while Russell shows too much.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2003
Like Los Angeles in the spring of 1992, Dark Blue generates tension but eventually goes up in smoke.
Read More | Original Score: C+
February 21, 2003
Those who criticized Training Day for its lack of credibility will be rolling their eyes at the nonchalance with which Dark Blue plays the race card.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2003
Too many elements of David Ayers' screenplay fall flat, from individual lines to Bobby's sudden change of heart.
Read More | Original Score: C+
February 21, 2003
While much of the action rings true in Dark Blue, and the events leading up to the riots make for a tense, eerie framework, the movie heads in a disastrous direction ...
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
February 21, 2003
In the end [Shelton] uses the King riots as window dressing, not commentary or context: The city burns, but nothing's been learned, nothing's been gained, nothing's been said that hasn't been said a hundred times before.
February 20, 2003
Wildly average.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 21, 2003
An unoriginal, uninspired good cop/bad cop movie with one-dimensional characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 20, 2003
(Russell's) hammy performance should come with some bread and cheese. At least we'd get a decent sandwich out of this deal.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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