Training Day Reviews

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December 9, 2018
Training Day is not a completely unnuanced parable on policing and a nice disavowal of the movie-perpetuated cliché of smug, streetwise copdom.
October 17, 2017
An extraordinary [Denzel] Washington dominates the film.
February 2, 2017
'Training Day' is still a very interesting thriller where Denzel Washington truly shines just as the lucid but equally necessary and inspired work of Ethan Hawke. [Full review in Spanish]
December 29, 2010
Great performances, but for adults only.
April 29, 2009
A surprisingly excellent movie with Incredible performances...
November 20, 2008
August 7, 2008
April 9, 2008
The movie moves rapidly, is extremely violent and not entirely plausible.
April 9, 2008
If he makes it through the trial by fire -- and a blandly twisting plot with no meaningful revelations or substantial themes -- Hawke will get a promotion, but there's nothing in it for us.
December 27, 2007
August 5, 2007
This isn't a serious movie, despite Denzel Washington in full eruption and giving his calloused lines more weight and authority than they deserve.
June 21, 2007
My guess is that the conceit was meant to be that Denzel's a bad guy, and that's fun to watch. Instead, this just adds another to his list of bad film's he's acted in...
January 4, 2007
Cast against type as a corrupt cop, Denzel Washington, usually seen in noble and heroic roles, is nothing short of brilliant; with some luck, he should earn an Oscar nomination.
December 30, 2006
Marred slightly by an unsatisfactory climax, this is a cracking cop drama anchored by great performances and intelligent direction from Fuqua.
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February 9, 2006
Director Fuqua keeps it slick and sleazy and stokes up the race some, but this only accelerates the movie's deafening rush toward the top and ever over.
October 1, 2005
Thumbs up, without question. Unfortunately, Training Day could have been so much more than it is.
January 15, 2004
Denzel Washington delivers a remarkable performance in this enthralling and unique tale of a corrupt cop, completely transforming himself into an unexpectedly imposing threat.
August 1, 2003 intelligent and riveting action movie that doesn't rely on a lot of special effects to tell a genuinely interesting story.
February 13, 2003
While most critics have chosen to highlight Washington's performance as the standout, it would be unfair not to mention Ethan Hawke, who plays the rookie Hoyt with a perfect patina of guileless enthusiasm.
February 8, 2003
It is unfortunate that the script by David Ayer is so riddled with pretense, but Washington, Hawke, and their supporting cast do all they can to play through.
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