Rampart Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
A terrible movie that only works on the rare occasions when Harrelson's searing performance is allowed to shine.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
A powerful portrait of a seriously damaged, both internally and externally, man.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
September 8, 2013
[A] cop drama in the vein of Bad Lieutenant, except in this case the bad cop that is front and centre truly thinks he's doing good.
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
January 23, 2013
Rampart doesn't end up having as much emotional punch to it as The Messenger did, mainly because it feels as though the idea was not thought out to completion.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 16, 2012
What keeps the movie engaging for as long as it was is the amazing performance by two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Neal
The Standard
September 14, 2012
IN case you needed it, this unsettling cop drama is further proof that Woody Harrelson is one of the most underrated actors going round.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 13, 2012
You get the impression that the film is as conflicted as its protagonist: trying to be both an arty character study and a dynamic drama at the same time but unable to excel at either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 4, 2012
A film saddled with a melodramatic script that would serve better as a TV pilot.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 25, 2012
No thrills, no secret plots, and no obvious politics, "Rampart" is a powerful and moving look into an empty person.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 5, 2012
This movie feels too undecided. The movie is so intent on not being "Training Day" that it just isn't "Training Day" enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 17, 2012
Woody Harrelson is mesmerising as the anti-hero of gripping crime drama Rampart, but his pill-popping, booze-swigging, suspect-beating dirty cop, is so irredeemably unsympathetic that you almost wish he weren't so compelling to watch.
Tom Clift
Moviedex
June 30, 2012
Loaded with poorly executed cop movie clichés
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 6, 2012
Rampart asks a lot of its audience, and offers very little in return. Only Harrelson makes the ordeal worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 3, 2012
Ultimately Rampart is Harrelson's showcase, and he takes full advantage of fleshing out a complex role.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 16, 2012
When Steve Buscemi is playing a district attorney, you know you're in a moral quagmire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
Rampart is a hypnotic, subjective, immersive experience into the deepest depths of a character that you love to hate. It's powerfully ambiguous filmmaking; and you need to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 9, 2012
The incendiary dialogue -- as much a performer's showcase as is a jazz instrumentalist's solo -- is signature Ellroy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 29, 2012
A nightmarish, hallucinatory film, bathed in raw neon colors and with style to spare, and with a blistering central performance by Woody Harrleson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 22, 2012
Another bad cop on the road to ruin
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 16, 2012
Harrelson is riveting as a man without redeeming qualities or hope of redemption being driven to madness by personal demons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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