Gangster Squad (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Gangster Squad (2013)



Critic Consensus: Though it's stylish and features a talented cast, Gangster Squad suffers from lackluster writing, underdeveloped characters, and an excessive amount of violence.

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Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and-if he has his way-every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart. -- (C) Warner Bros

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Critic Reviews for Gangster Squad

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (42)

Gangster Squad looks the part, but it's so superficial it practically evaporates before our eyes.

February 5, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Some of the clothes and makeup feel as glossy as paint, but, those aside, we seem to browsing through a display of secondhand goods.

January 21, 2013 | Full Review…

It might sound like a stretch, imagining Penn playing that intense, indiosyncratic a villain. But the lauded, veteran actor pulls a left hook, then a right, and after a wild bodyshot at the tail end of the film, you see the true mania behind his eyes.

January 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall can't decide whether to make a spoof or a serious drama, so they wrongheadedly attempt both.

January 11, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Gangster Squad" is a highly stylized, pulp-fiction period piece based on true events.

January 11, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Gangster Squad is to the great tradition of the Scarface genre what plastic is to cutlery - tiny, imitative, disposable.

January 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gangster Squad


This film just confirmed for me not to always listen to Rotten Tomato's reviews. The reviewers seem to feed off each other lately and not make reviews for themselves. This was a really entertaining film. It had a really good cast and a simple script. The level of violence is not for everyone, but the characters were great.

Jon Lantz
Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

While the characters remain a tad underdeveloped, it is still fun to watch them take on Sean Penn as brutal mobster in 1940s LA. The squad consists exclusively of great actors and that helps connect more than their somewhat superficial character traits. The result is highly entertaining and offers plenty of action and style. That's more than enough for a pleasant movie night.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The direction is visually compelling and true to its time but the film doesn't have enough bullets to obtain this mob/gang/undercover police drama as a whole. Gangster Squad's clichés in plot and dialogue, as well as lackluster humor dwindles down the spark, even if its powerful all-star cast is a delight to see on screen. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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