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The Sweeney Reviews

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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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 5.5/10
February 28, 2013
The Sweeney was originally a 1970s TV show, but with the archetypal characters, the rote plot, and the nondescript gunfights, it feels more like an adaptation of a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 23, 2013
The Sweeney is a parasitic tapeworm, masquerading as a British crime epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
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
September 13, 2012
Sweeney? Pony, more like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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-
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
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.
September 13, 2012
If the plot was tighter, more involving and suspenseful you might overlook the ludicrous swagger of the whole thing but the story is a run-of-the-mill yarn about bank robbers that never much grips or convinces. It's also too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2013
You'd be better off going out into the lobby for popcorn and a soda for the first hour.
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 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
September 10, 2012
The Sweeney is a film out of time; a reboot that feels more dated than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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+
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
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
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