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Street Kings Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 11, 2008
Keanu Reeves tries his best to channel Denzel and Clint in Street Kings, a wild and woolly if also slack and silly bad-cops-kill-other-bad-cops thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
April 11, 2008
Fans of Keanue Reeves and Forest Whitaker will appreciate Reeves' heavy screen time and Whitaker's performance, but both actors deserve material that doesn't leave the viewer queasy and in need of a long shower.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 10, 2008
Despite the predictability of the overall story arc, there's suspense and tension to be found between the credit sequences, but the movie is saddled with an ending that is both improbable and borderline insulting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 11, 2008
Street Kings has hints of Training Day and the subtle aroma of L.A. Confidential, two movies concerned with the moral ambiguity and compromised honor of L.A.'s finest.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
April 10, 2008
"Street Kings" is a like a Cliff's Notes version of Training Day not that Training Day was any special challenge to the mental muscle. Corruption is bad, we get it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 9, 2008
The film is mainly a showcase for shouting.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2008
In Ellroy's original scenario Street Kings was a period piece, set in the 1990s just after the Rodney King riots. I wonder if it would've made more sense that way.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
There's only the spectacle of crooked dunces slamming against each other
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
April 12, 2008
Feels like stuff left over from a random episode of CSI: Dirty Cop Division.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Grierson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
April 10, 2008
[The] screenwriters have no time for subtlety, assaulting the ear with an arsenal of dull tough-guy dialogue as the male characters take turns mowing down each other's manhood and delivering hard-boiled pseudoknowledge about the nature of evil.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 14, 2008
It's really kind of a dirty scummy piece of work.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
April 10, 2008
Street Kings wastes a better than expected turn by Keanu Reeves. That means he never says the word 'dude' or breaks into a mean air guitar riff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 16, 2008
Ayers' second straight overwrought and unfulfilling tale concerning a loco white boy knee-deep in the City of Angels' criminal scene.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
April 6, 2008
Surely two decades of TV's post-Bochco dirty-cop dramas have removed this kind of potboiler not only from claims of artiness, but from expectations of being taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
April 12, 2008
It's never a good sign when a movie makes you laugh out loud at dialogue intended to be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 10, 2008
The film is undone by a story that manages to be both implausible and overly familiar. We've seen all of this before -- and we didn't buy it then, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
I don't think there were really any bad scenes, but I found the overall film emotionally empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 10, 2008
Street Kings is an absurd if accidentally entertaining potboiler, based on a story by James Ellroy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 8, 2008
While military man turned director Ayer implicates our culture steeped in violence and the damaging effects of trained killing, whether by police or in war, he's assembled such a deplorable LAPD rogues gallery, it's hard to tell which one is the worst.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 9, 2008
If you completely ignore the fact it's ludicrous and the twists are spelled out hours in advance, then it's not a total waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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