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Rampart Reviews

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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
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
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
June 30, 2012
Loaded with poorly executed cop movie clichés
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
November 30, 2011
Harrelson may have given another award-worthy performance here, but it's lost amid the oblique visuals and storytelling.
February 17, 2012
Rampart is nothing more than an showy cinematographic exercise that depicts an anti-hero who resolutely won't change. Does the film undergo any kind of story arc? Nope. Give me a Training Day any day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 21, 2011
In trying to create the worst cop ever in a realistic milieu, director Oren Moveerman comes up with a creature that is neither credible nor interesting.
November 22, 2011
As Brown lurches toward self-destruction, we start to long for him to find it.
Read More | Original Score: 6.5/10
February 23, 2012
Harrelson is fantastic, and the movie has some great ideas, but it's frustratingly unable to see them through.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2012
Rampart might be a worthy attempt to probe the banality of evil, but after an hour and a half of its near-unvarying gruesomeness, it's the film that starts to feel decidedly banal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 9, 2012
While Harrelson's work contributes to this sandpaper rub of Los Angeles corruption, it's eventually lost to unnecessary distortion in a feature that works much too hard to appear effortless.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 7, 2011
What could, in surer hands, come across as uncompromising brutal brilliance just feels like particularly aggressive button-pushing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 23, 2011
It takes on a throbbing, sick monotone. This isn't a concert, it's a bass guitar solo, all thumping blackness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 23, 2011
[VIDEO] A riff on the "Bad Lieutenant" corrupt cop theme that Abel Abel Ferrara so eloquently nailed down for all eternity in 1992, "Rampart" is the flawed work of writer/director Oren Moverman ("The Messenger") and famed crime author James Ellroy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 14, 2011
As a character study of a dirty cop in a spiral to oblivion it just about works thanks to Harrelson's commitment, but ultimately the in-your-face style and confusing story stop the emotions from getting truly under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 23, 2011
all atmosphere and paranoia but little in the way of momentum
| Original Score: 2/5
February 8, 2012
Instead of leading toward understanding, "Rampart" remains a dirty cop caricature, more a complaint than a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 23, 2012
Poor Woody Harrelson. Here he is with a great role in 'Rampart,' and the movie turns out to be about as messy as one can get, through no fault of his own.
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