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Rampart Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 12, 2012
Harrelson scorches the earth.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 9, 2012
Rampart is more of a character study than any sort of crime procedural, and it's all the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
March 9, 2012
The performances are uniformly excellent and the film looks great, thanks in no small part to the cinematography of Bobby Bukowski...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
March 9, 2012
Where's it all go? Nowhere, really, just down a dirty, disappointing hole. Harrelson deserved better.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 7, 2012
Harrelson is utterly captivating, as the sort of bitter, corrupt L.A. cop you would imagine holding down Rodney King with a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
March 5, 2012
Like the myth of the American West in a related genre, Dave reflects on an ideal past that never really was.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 2, 2012
The dark feeling it captures is more important than the details of the hazy plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 2, 2012
A movie with a literary heartbeat.
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 1, 2012
It's a remarkably compelling film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 1, 2012
It ... teems with machismo, misogyny, racism and cruelty. And while it manages often to hold all of that awfulness at critical distance, you can sense an embrace as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 1, 2012
Brown is a sick man, but Harrelson makes him so interesting, so charismatic, so ... watchable, that you can't look away, even if his actions make you want to (and they will).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
March 1, 2012
Rampart's eccentricities will offend those committed to a straighter, chillier style, but its stylistic looseness only serves to underline Brown's utter disconnect from reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
February 29, 2012
The same measured calculation that went into casting big actors for small roles to keep the attention on Harrelson goes into many choices throughout Rampart, and though the effect can be frustrating, it feels correct.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 25, 2012
It confirms Harrelson's position as one of the best, most ambitious, least self-regarding actors at work today, and by the end he's compelled us to understand Brown and accord him a grudging respect.
February 25, 2012
Rampart is the Shame of police movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 25, 2012
Harrelson as the Anti-Christ copper doing his very best to unsettle the status quo ... makes a solid impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
February 24, 2012
Although it doesn't quite match LA Confidential for complexity and scale, it does capture some of the grit and dynamism of the author's hard-boiled style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep
February 24, 2012
The film is shown from Brown's point of view, with Woody Harrelson, dominating every scene and giving the performance of his life, somehow imbuing this violent, bigoted misanthrope with personality, charm and humour.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
February 24, 2012
Rampart is a film more about how scandal affects character and evolving mental state rather than the resolution of such scandal. And even though the movie is a bit formless and meandering, Harrelson's performance is certainly worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andrew Lowry
Little White Lies
February 24, 2012
Harrelson is riveting, and Moverman's gaze is unflinching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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