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The Sweeney Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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-
Witney Seibold
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
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
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
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
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
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
September 13, 2012
Sweeney? Pony, more like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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-
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
Simon Foster
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.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
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.
Kirk Honeycutt
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
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
Brian Orndorf
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+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
Steve Rose
June 27, 2012
It's a brainless joyride that ends up spinning its wheels in macho clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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