Dark Blue Reviews

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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.
February 21, 2003
Like Los Angeles in the spring of 1992, Dark Blue generates tension but eventually goes up in smoke.
February 20, 2003
Speedman doesn't show much in his first big movie role, while Russell shows too much.
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.
February 20, 2003
A crackling and solidly acted -- if somewhat familiar -- police-corruption thriller.
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.
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.
February 20, 2003
A fair-to-middling cop drama whose intentions are unfortunately rendered murky and submerged by a predictable story and limp characterization.
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.
February 20, 2003
Director Ron Shelton wants Dark Blue to be L.A. Confidential so badly that it's palpable.
February 20, 2003
Russell is the reason to see the movie. Like Dennis Quaid, he's creating an entire second act for his career.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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