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Gangster Squad Reviews

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
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.
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
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
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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-
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
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
Dave White
Movies.com
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 2, 2013
Will it win any awards for 2013? Well, no. But 'Gangster Squad,' a shoot-'em-up nod to pulp thrillers, will provide solid entertainment for fans of crime dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 29, 2013
Brash, loud & risibly anachronistic, Gangster Squad is flashier than a mobster's suit, but if you're not too fussy about finesse then this stylised crime film is a hugely entertaining cops 'n crooks romp through a cartoon-like version of 1940s LA history.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
January 28, 2013
High entertainment this is not, but as a period-driven action picture loosely based on a tumultuous time in Los Angeles' history, it's a strangely entertaining and bonkers experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 24, 2013
Overly violent portrayal of LA crime in the 1940's, but the story, acting and look of the film make it good entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 16, 2013
Everything you'd want from a good gangster movie is delivered here...Think The Untouchables, only without the artistic pretense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 13, 2013
( ... ) a more watchable thriller than Michael Mann's Public Enemies (2009), with lots of Tommy guns blazing in the old fashioned way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 13, 2013
Lovingly pulpy yet honest and sincere about its intent, there is plenty in Gangster Squad for fans of the gangster genre to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
January 12, 2013
... a maniacally arch fusion of 'Dick Tracy' and, yes, the classic buddy Western 'Magnificent Seven' ... Penn froths at the mouth so much he disappears beneath a mask of spittle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
January 12, 2013
Sean Penn's performance alone makes the film worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
January 12, 2013
Viewers complaining about the cartoonish portrayal and wanting Curtis Hanson's Oscar winner again need to consider the source, and remember that - Paul Muni, anyone? - the former rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Matt Neal
The Standard
January 11, 2013
Mildly enjoyable... sadly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
January 11, 2013
Sean Penn's performance as Mickey Cohen will disturb you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 11, 2013
A fun breezy drama that's fun to watch but will easily be forgotten in six months.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
January 11, 2013
A pulpy action throwback that effortlessly achieves its goal to entertain thanks to a top-shelf cast, dazzling direction, and a fast-paced screenplay chock-full of snappy 1940s-style patter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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