Spenser Confidential

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While the buddy cops at the center of Spenser Confidential are plenty affable, the comedy never arrives as this half-hearted vehicle goes purely through the motions.

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To unravel a twisted murder conspiracy, a former police detective returns to Boston's criminal underworld.

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Critic Reviews for Spenser Confidential

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (52)

  • You don't need to remember the '80s private-eye series Spenser for Hire to enjoy this witless, charmless Mark Wahlberg Netflix movie. All you need is a general lack of discernment.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An ending that teases the possibility of sequels, with Wahlberg's Spenser tackling more cases of police officers and emergency personnel who have been falsely accused of crimes, should elicit nothing but groans.

    March 11, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • There are many things to like about Mark Wahlberg as an actor, but he's not very good when his characters have to put their thinking cap on.

    March 9, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Robert Levin

    Newsday
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  • "Serviceable" is probably the most complimentary term I can come up with.

    March 9, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's an action-comedy-mystery-thriller that manages to spectacularly fail at all the above, an algorithmic abomination that's as coldly constructed as it is clumsily made.

    March 6, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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  • There's almost nothing about this ultra-disposable programmer that doesn't feel derivative to the point of self-parody.

    March 6, 2020 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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  • Aug 07, 2020
    Spenser Confidential is another mixed team-up of Wahlberg and Berg. The filmmaker and star don't feel at home here and the story-line is very predictable. The inclusion of some quality character actors was surprising and I wish Woodbine had been included with more star-making filmmakers. The issue I had with the film is the basic setup and cliche style storytelling. Netflix have been notorious for throwing endless films at us and I believe this would've crashed and burned at the box office. Wahlberg is not bad in the lead but it's the film that's built around him. The comedy doesn't work and the team-up with Duke feels forced. Duke is a talented actor and deserved more depth. Peter Berg is a talented filmmaker but he tends to deliver some mixed films. The film has all the elements but it never comes together. 07/08/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer

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