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½ October 28, 2017
Nonexistent plot, some pretty contrived scenes and hardly anything makes sense. Danes, Ribisi and Epps do bring a freshness and sparkle to the movie though, but that would be the only plus.
July 9, 2017
Of all of the TV series made into movies, I think this at least tried to stay true to the original show. I will admit that the script would have played out better for a TV series but at least they didn't make it as campy as they have some of the other shows they have tried to turn two Silver Screen. 21 Jump Street was actually a crime drama made for younger people, when they made it into a movie they just played off of bad humor and poorly written Scripts. At least this one they tried to keep to the show.
½ May 26, 2015
Overrated movie from an overrated TV series,style over substance just like the series.
½ January 2, 2015
Unbelievably bad, especially considering the talent involved.
July 14, 2014
Definitely not as bad as "the critics" made it out to be.
May 1, 2014
Based upon the popular TV series that ran on ABC from 1968 to 1973, this adaptation was written and directed by Scott Silver (writer of 8 Mile (2002) and The Fighter (2010)), and co-written with Stephen Kay (Get Carter (2000) and Kate Lanier (What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)). This was one of many adaptations of old TV shows that came out in the 1990's, but it's tone is all over the place. This tells the story of 3 teenage delinquents, Julie Barnes (Claire Danes), Pete Cochran (Giovanni Ribisi) and Lincoln Hayes (Omar Epps). Who after various crimes and misdemeanors, face jail time, but when police Captain Adam Greer (Dennis Farina) decides to employ them as undercover cops, using the teen scene in Los Angeles as their opportunity to go undercover. However, when Greer turns up dead, Barnes, Cochran and Hayes are all on their own, with no-one to go to and help them. They end up having to stay one step ahead of the police, and using their cunning and ingenuity to try and find Greer's killer, but the police don't believe they're undercover cops. It's certainly not as bad as what some critics at the time made it out to be, but it could have been much better and it could have done with a more focused script and a more focused, tighter plot, because it ends up becoming a bit complicated and incoherent towards the film's climax.
April 14, 2014
Caught this yesterday afternoon on TV. While Omar Epps isn't a bad Lincoln Hayes, it pales in comparison to the old TV show, and there's a reason it is shown on Saturday afternoons or late in the morning, it's just so bad and incompetently directed. All the stars are going through the motions.

In a way, I wish Hollywood would take another stab at the Mod Squad or at the very least a new smallscreen-version but maybe it's best to leave something that worked in its prime alone.
August 6, 2013
I don't understand why so many describe this as "terrible." It is, however, boring and uneventful, and I suspect even Giovanni Ribisi's biggest fans will be annoyed by his performance.
August 1, 2013
Average movie for a college date night. While the four lead actors do capture the essence of their predecessors, those not familiar with the 1968-73 TV series might not understand many of the characteristics being displayed. The middle of the film seems to have been heavily edited so the final half hour just seems to unravel tangled bits of plot that were barely explained. Thankfully done with realistic action scenes (unlike the Charlie's Angels or Mission Impossible reboots), this might have improved with additional films except for Farina's final scene - which axed that idea. To sum up; good acting doesn't save the bad script under mediocre direction.
July 23, 2013
1999's Fight Club Is One Of My Favorite Films.
May 2, 2013
Has absolutely zero to do with the classic TV show, but it wasn't that bad. At least the three leads are captivating screen presences.
½ April 22, 2013
A mixed-up disaster.
January 21, 2013
Incredibly disappointing remake of the Arron Spelling television series, considering the talent involved in front of and behind the camera. If you're unfamiliar with the TV series, Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi and Omar Epps are teens with checkered pasts looking to clear their records by working undercover for the police. I did appreciate that the filmmakers did not take the obvious route wasting time showing how the squad was formed and instead start right off the bat with them already working for the police. There's also a decent supporting cast that includes Josh Brolin, Dennis Farina, Eddie Griffin, Michael Learner and the under-appreciated Richard Jenkins in an early role. And there's a nice retro influenced score by BC Smith too. However, the film ends up being a turgid cliched police procedural about drug dealing, dirty cops and so on, instead of being the fun popcorn action flick that it could have been. Ribisi and Danes' characters actually acknowledge the cliches at one point in the film, but it still didn't make the film feel any more fresh or original. It's slickly made and has a good soundtrack, but it's all pretty by the numbers.
December 7, 2012
Worth finding and watching!
August 14, 2012
Esta pelicula es buena para un capitulo de una serie de television. Retro. Regular.
Super Reviewer
July 23, 2012
Not quite the hip, engaging thriller it was made out to be, this TV adaption begs the constant question of "Why?". Besides starring Giovanni Ribisi, who never disappoints, The Mod Squad telegraphs its twists and remains unconvincing and uninspiring through its entire run-time.
½ April 25, 2012
"Oh my God, my ankle!" An okay movie. I loved the music and the clothes.
½ March 29, 2012
I think they hit the 70s cop show spot-on. But some horrible, horrible dialogue here - like George Lucas bad.
January 28, 2012
not as bad as people think
½ January 25, 2012
Oh dang, everything that 'The Mod Squad' did from the start to the finish lacked very good action until the ending scenes. There's plenty of bad acting, too. And while I never saw the original TV series, I knew that this remake is...the...WORST MOVIE EVER.

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