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The Sweeney Reviews

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April 23, 2017
Love may have plonked his protagonists in the modern world but they still feel trapped in a long-gone era, when police brutality was commonplace and women knew their place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 13, 2013
It goes nowhere, lost in the thick, indecipherable cockney accents and seemingly endless shootouts and car chases.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 7, 2013
You'd be better off going out into the lobby for popcorn and a soda for the first hour.
March 5, 2013
Pulpy Brit actioner for die-hard fans of Ray Winstone, whose close-to-camp turn as '70s TV hero Jack Regan isn't enough to warrant a booking.
March 4, 2013
Let's not waste each other's time. You already know whether this sounds like the kind of top bloke you'd fancy having a pint with. If so, The Sweeney is your film.
March 2, 2013
The film is just stylized enough to register as above average, but on the whole it's pretty forgettable - the kind of film you describe with a noncommittal "interesting," while walking out of the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
March 1, 2013
This British film's coppers are all anachronisms as are the filmmakers' attitudes toward their anti-heroes and female characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
March 1, 2013
If you watched any of the dozens of gritty BBC crime dramas that have reached our shores over the last decade, The Sweeney looks and feels like a bigger-budgeted version of those productions.
March 1, 2013
[It] feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990.
March 1, 2013
This throwback to 1970s cops and robbers movies had me 'nicked.'
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
March 1, 2013
This is Winstone's show and it's a perfect showcase for his bluff, easygoing machismo. He was born to play this lovable scoundrel, with an emphasis on his rogue elements.
March 1, 2013
Based on a '70s British program, this is a bombastic effort that, while not successful, is still as bracing as a cold pint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 1, 2013
Winstone is, as always, perfectly believable as a tough guy and after a slow start - due, somewhat, to American ears adjusting to those problematic accents - the film hits a groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 1, 2013
Maybe it worked in the '70s; it's too worn to work these days. Ray Winstone needs to find better rocks to chew on.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 1, 2013
The movie blithely repeats most of the clichés of the American badass-cop flick, only in impenetrable Cockney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 28, 2013
This might just be a British thing that we don't understand - literally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 28, 2013
Mr. Winstone chews on this Cockney cops-and-robbers caper with foulmouthed glee.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2013
A briskly involving British crime entertainment of the old school. You've seen the type, and more than once, but the genre still has enough juice to take us for a ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2013
[Winstone] radiates such a threatening vibe that he doesn't have to say a word to make your hair stand on end. And his grim, glowering work in "The Sweeney" ranks up there with his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2013
An intermittently exciting watch, thanks to some screeching car chases and a brilliant Central London shootout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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