Internal Affairs


Internal Affairs

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In this glossy L.A. crime drama by Mike Figgis, Andy Garcia stars as Sgt. Raymond Avila, a cop who just joined the Internal Affairs division of the L.A.P.D. An investigation into police corruption has led Avila and his partner, Sgt. Amy Wallace (Laurie Metcalf), to Officer Dennis Peck (Richard Gere). Avila suspects something about Peck from the beginning; his influence and dominance over others seems to extend further than the reach of his badge. When officers who wish to testify against Peck start dying, the depth of his corruption becomes increasingly clear; at his disposal, he has an army of cops and criminals alike. He even agrees to assassinate a sleazy businessman's own parents, and humiliates the businessman while they make the deal. In his drive to dominate others, Peck attempts to seduce almost every woman around him and is obsessed with children and fatherhood. Peck is most dangerous when the investigation threatens his territory and his extended family; he stalks Avila and turns him against his wife (Nancy Travis). ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Internal Affairs

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3)

  • Gere is hypnotic, writer Henry Bean's construction is entertainingly intricate, and director Mike Figgis knows how to turn on a subtle, authentic erotic heat.

    Mar 29, 2009 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Figgis never lets the pace slow long enough to expose the story's thinness despite, in retrospect, a moderate amount of action.

    Apr 9, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Internal Affairs delivers what it promises, and perhaps a little more. There's less action but more menace, and the pulse quickens as the plot drives relentlessly toward a conclusion that, in retrospect, can be seen as inevitable.

    Apr 9, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Dark, dangerous and disturbing.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Internal Affairs is, for the dim movie season that is traditionally January, an unusually bright light.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • [A] cliched catchall, which wastes a fine cast.

    Jun 6, 2001

Audience Reviews for Internal Affairs

  • May 30, 2012
    "Internal Affairs" has a strong start, but it quickly descends into pointless character development, boring melodrama, and an inevitable and abrupt conclusion. Richard Gere delivers a top-notch performance as the film's primary villain, but Andy Garcia often falls by the wayside with his monotonous and uncharismatic portrayal. As well, Mike Figgis tries to incorporate as much visual flair as possible, but "Internal Affairs" is just downright uninteresting.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2011
    Richard Gere is fantastic and Andy Garcia showed depth I didn't think he had. An excellent first two acts, followed by a weaker and messy last act. Still, a very good thriller overall, with Michael Mann-esque direction.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2010
    Internal Affairs is a nasty little suspense thriller!!!and it was hard to see Richard Gere playing such an evil person..
    ♥Robyn Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2010
    Oh Lord. Richard Gere at his worst. Who suggested that I see this?
    John B Super Reviewer

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