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Gangster Squad Reviews

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June 21, 2016
Those who are calling it shallow and cartoony and clichéd are missing the point. It is all of those things, purposefully - gleefully, even.
April 12, 2016
Visually? Sure, it's impressive. But on all other fronts it leaves nothing but a couple muddy footprints and a signpost of misplaced potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 5, 2015
Okay, so maybe nobody expected Gangster Squad to be in the league of, say, Chinatown or L.A. Confidential, but even on the level of pure, bullet-spattered fun, this thing is so vaporous that it slides out of memory even while you're watching it.
April 28, 2015
Gosling's smirk conveys a contempt for the material rivaled only by my own.
December 26, 2013
Probably the year's most squandered cast, in a boring, by-the-numbers crime film that plays like a fifth-generation re-do of "L.A. Confidential,"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 4, 2013
A nod toward nostalgia, a grandiose display of the arrogance of the present: this seems to be the whole program of Gangster Squad.
October 5, 2013
An entertaining but wholly unspectacular flick that can't seem to figure out if it wants to be The Untouchables or Dick Tracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2013
Flitting between over-the-top violence, grim moral posturing, and matinee thrills, this is a broad, two-dimensional crime noir that thinks it's deeper and smarter than it is.
May 13, 2013
The film is never anything less than watchable, largely because of its seductively stylish look and bevy of charismatic actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 9, 2013
"Gangster Squad" is like "The Untouchables" without a heart. De Palma delivered the goods on Ness and company. The goods were hijacked in this gangster tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 5, 2013
Although it's blunt and brisk in its own inoffensive way, "Gangster Squad" is meathead cinema - the sort that cuts hard from a splattered brain to spatula-pressed hamburger. Unlike that grilled patty, the movie is mostly sizzle, little steak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 25, 2013
Makes 1991′s "Mobsters" look like "The Godfather" in comparison.
April 23, 2013
Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad attempts to recreate mobster magic, but ends up fumbling into an endless amount of clichés and some horrid digital photography to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 18, 2013
While pretty and often entertaining, Gangster Squad's a violent urban western that gets lost in the fog of homage.
March 18, 2013
Those looking for the depth and complexity of the best of the genre are in the wrong place, but take Gangster Squad for what it is and it's not a bad way to spend an evening.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 11, 2013
Do not try to fight off the running "this is the City of Angels" commentary; you will lose. Here, the good guys win, the bad guys earn their comeuppance, the dames look pretty and the dopey dialogue shoves a grapefruit in your face and shuts you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2013
The end result is a passable - just barely - thriller that benefits substantially from the efforts of its star-heavy cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 4, 2013
Gangster Squad verges on a parody of hard-boiled noir in the vein of the Scary Movie/Date Movie/Epic Movie films, only with real A-list star power; it's a funny old mixture.
March 3, 2013
A violent and cartoonish take on the '40s gangster scene in LA.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 28, 2013
It should all be a lot more fun than it is, or at least as rollicking as "Zombieland," Fleischer's clever 2009 outing. Some pious soul-searching near the end is altogether insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: **
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