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Guided by David Mamet's searing dialogue and assured direction, Homicide tells its morally complex story with an immersive mood and a crackling zeal. Read critic reviews

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After being forcibly reassigned from a federal investigation of notorious drug dealer Robert Randolph (Ving Rhames) to a local case involving robbery and the murder of a Jewish shopkeeper, embittered detective Bobby Gold (Joe Mantegna) unexpectedly experiences a religious awakening. But when his newfound interest in his heritage comes into direct conflict with the law, Gold struggles to reconcile his spiritual loyalties with his dedication to the badge.

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Critic Reviews for Homicide

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  • Unfortunately, the transitions are sometimes abrupt and unconvincing, despite Mantegna's intensity.

    December 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • David Mamet's "Homicide" is a brilliant muddle: compelling, exhilarating and, at the same time, profoundly dubious.

    December 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The movie cannot learn from its mistakes; they are forever displayed within it.

    December 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The movie crackles with energy and life, and with throwaway slang dialogue by Mamet, who takes realistic speech patterns and simplifies them into a kind of hammer-and-nail poetry.

    December 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps it could be argued that Mamet's plays are notable for their realism, certainly Mamet's films are distinguished by their theatricality.

    December 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Pulitzer-winning playwright's movies are often a few steps ahead of their audiences, but Homicide seems to have intuitively anticipated its now-exemplary status.

    December 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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