The Sweeney - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sweeney Reviews

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Sam Adams
AV Club
February 28, 2013
The only thing more tiresome than a gritty reboot of a TV series is a gritty reboot of an unfamiliar TV series.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2013
Somewhere in the laundry list of clichés, there is a movie here that we have already seen and forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
February 28, 2013
After countless identical Jason Statham movies, the rugged, ground-level toughness of British actioner The Sweeney comes as a breath of fresh, brutal air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
February 27, 2013
A serviceable feature good for a few cheap thrills. Just don't expect to be moved by dramatics viewed in hundreds of similar police pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
February 27, 2013
Clichés abound, even in the look of the film, which toggles between post-Ritchie crime-violence burlesque and sleek, Nolanesque faux-grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Fear
Time Out
February 26, 2013
Regardless of whether you're a longtime devotee or not, you'll be left saying, "This is The Sweeney? I've been rooked."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
February 25, 2013
A solid Ray Winstone action/cops vehicle, properly gritty with just enough surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2013
Solid cops-and-robbers pulp designed for people who like seeing cops getting dirty and robbers getting theirs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
February 14, 2013
Winstone attempts to bluster his way through, but remains the least credible action star this side of Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
February 14, 2013
The Sweeney is a modern mauling of an old TV show that went quite alright in its day. If only because it was so consistently cheap, nasty and entertaining. The new version? Just nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
February 10, 2013
Fans of the original 1970s TV show will not be amused. Casual observers may simply shrug with indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 8, 2013
There's not much more we could ask for in a contempo police procedural - except maybe subtitles to overcome the heavy, dense cockney accents
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 8, 2013
Gritty and violent, this character-driven drama socks it to us without restraint and we get the distinct impression there's nothing left in the tank by the time the tale is told
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
February 8, 2013
There's plenty of muscle in Nick Love's bloody, boys' own adventure, but not much suspense and next to no logic.
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 23, 2013
The Sweeney is a parasitic tapeworm, masquerading as a British crime epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 21, 2013
[C]omes across more like wishful thinking, as if both the onscreen fictional characters and the offscreen real-life filmmakers were fantasizing about being in a Hollywood action movie...
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
Winstone shows he's got what it takes to slide into John Thaw's acrylic flares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2012
Big, brash, ballsy fun. It's a Winstone mecca for fans to witness their idol in all his former hard-man glory ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 16, 2012
It's alright so 'ave a look.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
September 14, 2012
What the hell's this pony trap? That Nick Love - Danny Dyer's best mate - has only gone and made a film with the same bleedin' name. But this ain't the Sweeney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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