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S.W.A.T. Reviews

May 20, 2008
As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.
February 9, 2006
he high definition SWAT training footage resembles a US Army recruitment ad, appropriate since TV journeyman Johnson imagines downtown LA as an unpatrolled Baghdad, swarming with guntotin' mercenaries pursuing their share of the bounty.
August 7, 2004
There is something sneakily gratifying about all this.
August 13, 2003
A rigmarole of stranded clichés and thrill-free action-movie legerdemain.
August 9, 2003
The director, a TV guy named Clark Johnson, doesn't shoot action very well, which is sort of a handicap.
August 9, 2003
You can't get mad at it -- except for the two hours of your life it steals from you.
August 8, 2003
Director Clark Johnson strives for realistic detail and action. Unfortunately, such adherence to technical purity proves to be a weakness for the movie.
August 8, 2003
There have been far worse movies this summer, but the best justification for seeing this spinoff of the mid-'70s TV series is if your date or mate is holding you hostage in the theater.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
August 8, 2003
As summer popcorn movies go, you could do worse than S.W.A.T.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2003
SWAT is better than Gigli, but so is most outpatient surgery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 8, 2003
What we have here is a model for the paint-by -numbers, perfectly generic, proudly soulless summer action flick.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2003
A worn-out yawner of a cop thriller where even the cliches seem to realize how dated they are.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
August 8, 2003
Schlocky, slam-bang fun.
August 8, 2003
A lifeless trudge through squandered opportunities and god-awful dialogue.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2003
Fresher popcorn than most of the sequels that have come and gone.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2003
S.W.A.T. is a compendium of missed opportunities, uninspired action and clichés so tired, you wish the screenwriters had called 911.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 8, 2003
A film full of phony swagger and dialogue so awful you hope for once-distracting conversations to break out in the theatre around you.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 8, 2003
One of those generic cop-slash-war movies of the Jerry Bruckheimer school -- where men are men and so are the women, where the hardware is fetishized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2003
Strictly standard issue.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2003
A well-made police thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2003
Those who love police overkill, guns, jingoistic race-baiting, guns, macho smugness, and guns will be well served.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2003
Offers up the kind of pleasures that only a summer movie can.
August 8, 2003
The movie has the feel of several episodes of a series that have been jammed into a feature-length helping.
Read More | Original Score: C+
August 8, 2003
While the movie is stupid, it is -- hooray, and let's put this in all the national ads! -- not appallingly stupid.
August 7, 2003
S.W.A.T. is mostly standard-issue muddle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2003
An outstanding pulp thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2003
Though the film's second half has some good action moments, it never fulfills the promise of its earliest scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2003
An over-amped action film with just enough character shadings and color to make us wish it were better.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 7, 2003
A noisy, standard-issue cop actioner.
August 7, 2003
A fun way to kill two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 7, 2003
One long adrenaline shot that never takes itself seriously and never pauses long enough to worry about making much sense.
August 7, 2003
A big, near-incoherent action thriller best suited for audiences who don't mind being pummeled into submission.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 7, 2003
It's every police movie you've ever seen wrapped into one, done so stiffly that the characters are barely able to bend at the waist to collect their hundreds of spent shell casings.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2003
S.W.A.T. proves something of a throwback entertainment in this summer of digital-effects duds. The story couldn't be more cliched or conservative.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 7, 2003
S.W.A.T. is by the numbers, by the book, and, by the way, pretty good.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2003
A throbbing dose of high-testosterone schlock in which logic, credibility and characterization also are dispensable in the name of that all-consuming end: keeping things moving.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2003
A sexed-up recruitment movie that strains to do for cops what Baywatch did for lifeguards.
August 7, 2003
A high-octane, brain-dead action picture that happens to feature cops as the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2003
Good cop; bad cop. Bad TV show; bad movie. That about sums up S.W.A.T.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 6, 2003
The way I watch this action thriller is as a field guide to perceived current audience tastes in casting, characters, and storytelling style.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 4, 2003
This film is proof you can make a pretty exciting cop movie based on a fairly lousy cop TV show.