Reviews

Sep 19, 2021
It's a very downbeat film in that '70s realist mode, but absolutely arresting (heh!) nonetheless.
Aug 12, 2019
If the story weren't based on true events, it would nevertheless be fascinating because of its precise and impeccable technical mastery. [Full Review in Spanish]
Sep 10, 2011
Brutal, even sordid, but compulsive viewing.
Sep 10, 2011
The Onion Field is a serious and most uncompromising movie. It lacks, however, the sort of disciplined craft that might have made it a powerful and affecting one.
Sep 10, 2011
Good acting and careful direction by Becker make it worth seeing, but the violence and the language may be too graphic for some tastes.
Mar 26, 2009
James Woods as the near-psychotic Powell is chillingly effective, creating a flakiness in the character that exudes the danger of a live wire near a puddle.
Oct 22, 2006
Jan 26, 2006
It's the usual heavy Wambaugh brew: police procedure closely observed without a trace of romanticism, suggesting simply that life in the force is psychological hell.
Jun 19, 2005
May 9, 2005
The film is generally crisp and at times exciting, but it's also full of incidents that are only sketchily explained, and minus the all-important narrative thread that might have provided a clear point of view.
May 29, 2004
Apr 21, 2004
Nov 8, 2002
Ranks among the best crime films of the late 1970s...and that puts the flick among some rather impressive company.
Jan 1, 2000
Thoughtful trial movie with a disturbing edge.