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Narc Reviews

April 9, 2008
As a director Carnahan definitely has the goods... Unfortunately the script is your basic renegade-cop narrative, with the usual hoo-ha about justice versus the law.
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January 26, 2006
If Carnahan keeps wrenching this material back an inch or two from cliché, it's only an inch or two.
June 11, 2003
A chokehold of a movie, grabbing us but not ultimately engaging us.
January 10, 2003
A well-sustained allegory-cum-cop drama.
January 10, 2003
It's a stunner that sadly grows tiresome at the end.
January 10, 2003
Jason Patric and Ray Liotta make for one splendidly cast pair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2003
A good cop movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2003
There are things to admire about Narc, but they're individual things, not the movie as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 10, 2003
Finesse is certainly at a premium in Narc. What we get is brute force and a whopping load of testosterone.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2003
A stylistic throwback to such classic 1970s cop dramas as The French Connection and Serpico, with a 21st century helping of the old ultra-violence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2003
The movie works dramatically right up until the end.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 10, 2003
Narc is fast, brutal and a lot smarter than it at first appears to be.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 10, 2003
Narc is all menace and atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 10, 2003
A cop movie that refuses to cop out in the usual way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2003
Narc isn't the great movie the gifted Carnahan probably has in him, but it's a great cop B-movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2003
See this one for acting and atmosphere.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 10, 2003
In the end, the movie collapses on its shaky foundation despite the best efforts of director Joe Carnahan.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 10, 2003
The movie's writer and director, Joe Carnahan, brings a rough, aggressive energy to the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2003
Despite the pyrotechnics, Narc is strictly by the book.
January 9, 2003
Deflated ending aside, there's much to recommend the film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2003
Narc may not get an 'A' for originality, but it wears its B-movie heritage like a badge of honor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 9, 2003
Has true grittiness, but the plot's a little murky and the characters a little too familiar.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 9, 2003
Narc is a gritty cop movie for people who like gritty cop movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2003
Jason Patric, an actor who has mastered the art of giving an understated portrayal, is riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 28, 2002
Carnahan keeps Patric's repressed guilt and desperation from slipping into somnambulism and keeps Liotta's manic energy organic to his character's rage.
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December 20, 2002
This may be the most uncompromisingly raw police drama since Across 110th Street, starring Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2002
About the best thing you could say about Narc is that it's a rock-solid little genre picture. Whether you like it or not is basically a matter of taste.
December 20, 2002
The actors are all charged up by their roles, and it rubs off on us: You walk out with a caffeine- and-doughnut high.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2002
Exciting but brutal.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2002
They're just a couple of cops in Copmovieland, these two, but in Narc, they find new routes through a familiar neighborhood.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 19, 2002
An entertaining, grimy view of the traps of machismo tucked inside a cop thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 19, 2002
Over and over, every gesture and character in Narc summons up yet another movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2002
The movie fairly bristles -- with degraded-image '70s grit ... handheld hysteria, thickly profane dialogue, abject bloodletting, and post-Method performances.
December 5, 2002
Narc is a no-bull throwback to 1970s action films. It zips along with B-movie verve while adding the rich details and go-for-broke acting that heralds something special.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4