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Rampart Reviews

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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
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Miami Herald
March 2, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 1, 2012
It's a remarkably compelling film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 23, 2012
"Rampart" doesn't tell a coherent story as much as swirl the drain with Dave, as his increasingly desperate efforts to save himself simply result in a cascade of self-inflicted wounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 23, 2012
This isn't your average out-of-control character, and Harrelson has to work against a narrowly defined screenplay that is short on specifics.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 21, 2012
Sure to provoke furious reactions in those unwilling to succumb to its mood of reckless abandon. But for those who can, this feverish slice of LA noir is set to be one of the purest cinematic pleasures of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2012
Director Oren Moverman understands that Woody Harrelson is a real actor and makes movies to prove it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 16, 2012
Something to see and little to remember, an acrid character study undone by narrative implausibilities and its own lack of purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 16, 2012
"Rampart" patrols some familiar streets, but this jarringly intimate study of a dirty Los Angeles cop sliding, crazily, down the drain has a distinctive new-cliche smell, pungent and alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 16, 2012
Harrelson is an ideal actor for the role. Especially in tensely wound-up movies like this, he implies that he's looking at everything and then watching himself looking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 16, 2012
He insists on "keeping the family together" with the same irrational devotion he applies to his job.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
February 10, 2012
Hallucinatory, elliptical, with dialogue as rich as chocolate cake, this is the self-proclaimed Demon Dog of American crime fiction at his fevered best.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 9, 2012
It's a testament to the direction of Oren Moverman and the script he co-wrote with James Ellroy that we care what happens to such a despicable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2012
With Mr. Harrelson, Mr. Moverman has created an antihero of epic proportions and indiscretions.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 9, 2012
This movie's too small and too dark to have gotten Harrelson into the overcrowded best-actor race, but it's without question one of the year's great performances.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 9, 2012
The movie zooms from incident to incident, piling up examples of the anti-hero's misdeeds, primarily so it can ponder how one man could be so stubbornly wicked.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
February 6, 2012
The movie's got some strong moments, and Harrelson's work here is so committed that many might feel his character's journey is worth sitting through for that alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 6, 2012
Bad Lieutenant made by a tediously finger-wagging Jew instead of a tediously desecrating Catholic.
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December 8, 2011
Moverman gets away with a protagonist who it's impossible to root for by making sure we care about the fallout of his meltdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 2, 2011
It's either one of the last great movies of 2011 or one of the first great movies of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 1, 2011
It's a downbeat character study and, for the most part, it executes that aspect adequately.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 30, 2011
An unnerving warts-and-all portrait of a man staggering around in circles of arrogant self-deception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 23, 2011
Rampart won't be for everyone, but it's the work of a major directorial voice. It's a thriller on fire.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 23, 2011
"Rampart" has nothing but great performances - particularly Harrelson's brutally vulgar, violent one as Dave Brown. And it gets more of Ellroy's world on screen than any other adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
November 22, 2011
Harrelson both relishes the conviction with which Dave continually acts out and sells the tumult that follows when he has no one left to hate but himself.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 22, 2011
Harrelson's portrayal ... is perilously close to perfect; it's the finest, most harrowing thing he's ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2011
Playing a cop at his worst, his hands never dirtier, the stakes never higher, Woody Harrelson has perhaps never been better than he is in the seamy, scandalous jumbled rumble of "Rampart."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 22, 2011
"Rampart" tells a familiar story with such visual punch and hustling energy that it comes close to feeling like a new kind of movie, though it's more just a tough gloss on American crime stories past.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 22, 2011
Much like Ellroy's noir classics The Black Dahlia and American Tabloid, Rampart is an imaginative work of historical crime fiction using invented characters to reanimate a specific time and place.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 22, 2011
Harrelson makes Dave Brown fascinating even as writer-director Oren Moverman - who also made "The Messenger" - allows the film, from a James Ellroy screenplay, to become a sprawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 22, 2011
Using an improvisatory method built around Harrelson's fiery performance, Moverman -- showing incredible range in jagged contrast to the understatement of "The Messenger" -- foregrounds Date Rape Dave's commitment to a lost cause.
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 21, 2011
While the film is drenched in atmosphere and packs a verbal and visceral punch, its relentless downward spiral makes for an overdetermined, not entirely satisfying character study.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 15, 2011
Harrelson rewards watching; he's no less potent at rest than when he explodes in calculated rage.