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Dark Blue Reviews

February 25, 2003
Russell is the reason to go to the theater. He will continue to hold your attention when things around him -- like the storyline -- lose steam and credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2003
Well worth recommending.
February 24, 2003
Fails to make the grade as either a gritty crime drama or an intriguing piece of historical relevance.
February 21, 2003
Harrowing and compulsively watchable morality play.
February 21, 2003
The movie ends not with a bang but a wimp.
February 21, 2003
Until it dissolves into conventional melodrama during a climactic fracas, this fast-paced story is never less than watchable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 21, 2003
A flawed and melodramatic affair with echoes of Training Day and L.A. Confidential that nevertheless has the whiff of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 21, 2003
A flawed film, but occasionally a haunting one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 21, 2003
While Dark Blue may not be easy to watch, it's exceptionally well made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2003
Dark Blue is a film of wounding power. It stays with you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
Dark Blue is a bit of a mess, but like the Rodney King mess, it makes you think. Any film that accomplishes that can never be out-of-date.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 21, 2003
Gritty, gripping, a bit uneven, but Kurt Russell hits all the right notes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
The script throws enough curveballs to raise Dark Blue slightly above the genre average.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 21, 2003
Dark Blue is not a great movie, but it has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Its intelligence is undermined by a hyperbolic, overwrought noir style that wavers awkwardly between NYPD Blue jitters and grand opera.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 20, 2003
Despite the battered grandeur of Kurt Russell, this fable of rotten cops in Rodney King's L.A. is mostly macho posturing.
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
A crackling and solidly acted -- if somewhat familiar -- police-corruption thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 20, 2003
Dark Blue is as interesting and successful as it can be within its limits, but those limits make this a more generic film than its makers intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 20, 2003
Dark Blue is down and dirty, with a fading star and dialogue that's awful, but its directness works in its favor.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 20, 2003
A fair-to-middling cop drama whose intentions are unfortunately rendered murky and submerged by a predictable story and limp characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 20, 2003
In the wake of TV's powerhouse The Shield, Dark Blue comes off as something of a retread, with little of The Shield's electric fury, edgy camera work or deft characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2003
Director Ron Shelton wants Dark Blue to be L.A. Confidential so badly that it's palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 20, 2003
Russell is the reason to see the movie. Like Dennis Quaid, he's creating an entire second act for his career.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 20, 2003
It's about something bigger than itself, and everything -- performance, photography, a heart-of-L.A. score by Terence Blanchard -- rises to meet higher expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 19, 2003
One of the best and most furiously paced films about the controversial LAPD since L. A. Confidential.
February 19, 2003
The movie has a distinctly dated vibe.
February 6, 2003
Refreshingly devoid of flashiness or artificially pumped-up action, this gripping, well-constructed police thriller ... showcases a tightly controlled performance from Kurt Russell.