Street Kings Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
Still, as corrupt cop films go, Street Kings has got its moments, and if nothing else it certainly does entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
A lot of reviewers seem to have disliked Street Kings because of its negative view of the LA police, and perhaps the country at large. That is not a problem for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
A solid contemporary crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 13, 2008
If you can forgive its stale dialogue, which at times seems so egregiously leaden that it might have been better suited to a Mad magazine parody, 'Street Kings' is a tense, aggressively absurd thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
June 28, 2008
Ayer's rapid pacing and solid work by the cast distract us from the script's shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 19, 2008
Ellroy, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and Ayer share an interest in L.A. after dark, and they explore the city's neon-bathed streets with the glee of children in a funhouse, watching the distortions of everyday people in bent mirrors.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 6, 2008
Granted, it doesn't revolutionize the cop genre, but it definitely does a solid job of entertaining for its runtime, and as a movie-watcher (and lover)...ain't much else that I can ask for than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
[In the] surprisingly engrossing 'Street Kings,' we are presented with cops who live up to our worst nightmare of excessive force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
June 1, 2008
The movie has a million flaws, but if you can look past them and enjoy a fun, gritty, violent, racist and entertaining dirty cop film, then you will have fun with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 20, 2008
Anyone looking for a good shoot-'em-up film should not leave the theater disappointed, but those seeking something thought-provoking might want to stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
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Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 20, 2008
Movies like "Street Kings" are sitting ducks in a shooting range for film critics who laugh all through the movie only to condemn it for being so damn entertaining.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 18, 2008
Não trai seu universo cínico, alcançando um equilíbrio que torna seu desfecho satisfatório, mas (e aí está a diferença)jamais esperançoso.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 18, 2008
"Are there any square cops out there?" says a supporting character in David Ayer's actioner. The answer, of course, is no - and this violent yarn is all the better for it. Next time out, though, he should probably assign himself a less familiar beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 18, 2008
Another mean, violent and decently acted slab of Ellroy-flavoured criminality, with an impressively battered Keanu Reeves, but Ayers is no Curtis Hanson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
April 18, 2008
If Ellroy weren't such a good writer of novels about the dark side of the American psyche, he'd be preposterous. Then again, perhaps he is perfect for these times and the city of most of his nightmares, Los Angeles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
April 17, 2008
The movie boils down to a lot of tough-talking men trying to out-tough-talk each other. It's well-staged action stitched together by nonstop pissing-match dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 17, 2008
Watchable thriller with a surprisingly good performance from Keanu, although the plot isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 16, 2008
Ayers makes the trip worthwhile largely through his excellent eye for asphalt level L.A. and his careful attention to Ludlow's moral dilemma.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
April 16, 2008
What makes this movie work is Keanu Reeves' performance. For years, this actor's naysayers have complained that he shows no emotion and is one-note. They can't see the bigger picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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October 18, 2008

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April 11, 2008
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