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The Sweeney Reviews

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 1, 2013
This throwback to 1970s cops and robbers movies had me 'nicked.'
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 28, 2013
Mr. Winstone chews on this Cockney cops-and-robbers caper with foulmouthed glee.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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
Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
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
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
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
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
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.
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
September 13, 2012
Brimming with leather jackets, submachine guns, fast cars and a suitably grim and brutal determination to catch London's bad guys.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
September 13, 2012
Have a beer, get some mates involved and enjoy this solid, Brit actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 13, 2012
The new Sweeney is cobblers, albeit cobblers on fast wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 12, 2012
The Sweeney is pacily directed, superbly acted and delivers some exciting action sequences, but the only elements that remain from the TV show are the names of the characters and the central catchphrase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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