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S.W.A.T. Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 8, 2003
A summer popcorn actioner that strictly follows procedure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 8, 2003
A worn-out yawner of a cop thriller where even the cliches seem to realize how dated they are.
| Original Score: 1/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
September 10, 2003
Why not just make an action film without pretending to be something more?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
August 14, 2003
The so-so summer movie syndrome continues with this poorly written but finely cast action-thriller based on yet another long-buried television series.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 7, 2003
A high-octane, brain-dead action picture that happens to feature cops as the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 8, 2003
Strictly standard issue.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 8, 2003
We want a little more, get a little less, and keep thinking to ourselves that we should have known better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
August 9, 2003
The plot is an overstuffed and undercooked collection of cop conventions all wrapped around a frankly boring tale of one sneering and villainous Frenchman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 7, 2003
A noisy, standard-issue cop actioner.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 7, 2003
Cliche reheated many times over
| Original Score: 1/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
December 5, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Is there an actual character in S.W.A.T.? A plot? A single intelligent or exciting sequence?
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 8, 2003
S.W.A.T. has blockbuster ambitions, but it develops characters and plot at a leisurely pace better suited to the small screen than the big one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 8, 2003
Monotonous to the point of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 9, 2003
S.W.A.T feels as aimless and baseless as the flashy bullets it shoots around in arbitrary fashion. So here's to saluting 2003's arrival of the insufferable S.W.A.T: a (S)olely (W)asteful (A)ction-packed (T)easer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
August 6, 2003
This movie ain't worth didly s.w.a.t.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2003
Think of a citywide version of John Carpenter's B-movie gem Assault on Precinct 13 and you've just imagined a better movie than S.W.A.T.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
August 7, 2003
When even the dynamic, charismatic, scenery-chomping Samuel L. Jackson seems so bored that he might as well be phoning in his performance, you know your action movie is a lifeless failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 7, 2003
[N]ot... actively awful -- it's just sort of boring and completely predictable and a little bit laughable in its psychology.
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