Street Kings 2008

Street Kings

Critics Consensus

Street Kings contains formulaic violence but no shred of intelligence.

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58%

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Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), a veteran member of the LAPD, is still mourning the loss of his wife and trying to navigate through a world that does not make much sense anymore. When evidence implicates him in the death of a fellow officer, Ludlow begins to question the loyalties of everyone around him.

Cast & Crew

Keanu Reeves
Tom Ludlow
Forest Whitaker
Capt. Jack Wander
Hugh Laurie
Capt. James Biggs
Jay Mohr
Sgt. Mike Clady
Terry Crews
Det. Washington
Naomie Harris
Linda Washington
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Coates
Kurt Wimmer
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Jamie Moss
Screenwriter
James Ellroy
Screenwriter
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer
Michele Weisler
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Gabriel Beristain
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Critic Reviews for Street Kings

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (97)

Audience Reviews for Street Kings

  • Jan 17, 2016
    An average cop drama film that had the formula to be great but it gets lost in the story and with all the twists and turns that keep happening it was hard to keep up with who was good and bad and that really killed the film for me, Keanu Reeves was good but quite bland in scenes, Some quite good and brutal shootouts, Forest Whitaker was as he usually is great and steals the show but even he can't save this film from becoming just another forgetful cop drama.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    While "Street Kings" might not be the smartest Crime Thriller ever made it certainly is an entertaining, if somewhat down and gritty, look into corrupt cops in the LAPD. While most critics may view this negative slant on the police as a bad or inappropriate thing to do, I for one am sure it happens and don't mind the portrayal. The film is brutal and the violence plenty but if you can stomach it, the film entertains and gets it's message across in a rather literal sense. Keanu Reeves finally is looking more like an adult, now in his mid-forties, and really carries the film quite well with his nuanced performance of a street detective finally opening his eyes to the corrupt men around him.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2010
    In regards to crime-thrillers, there comes to mind a noirish caper so inarguably amazing that it has quickly ascended to the top of this reviewer's list of all-time favorite films. James Ellroy's serpentine story of police corruption unfolds with breathless precision while the photography brilliantly captures the tinhorn beauty and, at the same time, discomforting darkness of the City of Angels. And the pitch-perfect cast, directed with such precise and uncompromised vision, expertly fills this storied canvas. The film in question is called LA Confidential but this reviewer is here to talk about the over-wrought dummy bullet Street Kings, a movie whose plot is so tired that it could be termed 'narcoleptic.' In the R-rated Street Kings, a disgraced LAPD officer (Reeves) uncovers corruption in the police department and sets out on a mission to redeem his honor. Screenwriter/director David Ayers has revisited the theme of LA police corruption time (director, Harsh Times) and time (producer, Training Day) and time again (screenwriter, Dark Blue). As his career has progressed, his scripts have shown less and less novelty while, as director, his choice of shots and casting leaves much to be desired. With Ellroy (LA Confidential, Black Dahlia) having co-written the story, however, there came a smidgen of promise. What results, however, is just another bullet-ridden testosterone tale of redemption with twists and turns as exciting as an unpaid parking ticket. Worse, he takes down some game players along with him. Though always electric, Whitaker is terribly miscast as the duplicitous police chief and Reeves barely generates a simmer of intensity. Bottom Line: Kicked to the curb.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2010
    Took me long enough to watch this that's for sure. Well absolutely no words. I missed Keanu Reeves's attitude, the kind of attitude you expect from an actor of his scale, and all the others present with him, i mean WoW, what a cast, seriously. The "air" feels kinda like the one in Harsh Times with Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, the plot very different though, with some mystery and a twist. It has a fast pace, keeping you interested. Still can't believe i missed this for so long. It's fucking worth every penny. Enjoy
    Ovi G Super Reviewer

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