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Gangster Squad


Genre :

Drama, Thriller, Action

Release Date :

January 11, 2013

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Ruben Fleischer

Starring :

Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Mireille Enos, Josh Pence, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Holt McCallany, Robert Patrick, Sullivan Stapleton, Nick Nolte, Ambyr Childers, Troy Garity

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

“..you'll have to settle for the opening one, in which a hood with his limbs tied to two different cars is torn in half onscreen..”
by J. R. Jones [Chicago Reader]
2 of 4

“..what's left is nothing terrible, just typical..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
1 of 5

“..the technologically refined variants of the effect that turn up in "Gangster Squad" might make you regret it was ever invented..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
2.5 of 5

“..the cast seems ideal. Bits and pieces here and there entertain. But it never really comes together in a satisfying way..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
“..the battling brutes of this tale aren't meant to measure up to such illustrious antecedents; they're only offered as action cartoons..”
by Joe Morgenstern [Wall Street Journal]
2 of 4

“..most of the dialogue is made of wood..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
1.5 of 4

“..may earn a gentleman's C for style, but the moral of the story gets a failing grade..”
by Ann Hornaday [Washington Post]
2 of 4

“..loud, brash and utterly ridiculous, Gangster Squad isn't about doing what's right - it's all about stylish excess..”
by Connie Ogle [Miami Herald]
2 of 5

“..little more than another Hollywood wannabe overshadowed by the legacy of "L.A. Confidential"..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
Review rate : C

“..it's like L.A. Confidential remade as a mediocre Jason Statham film. It keeps going chica bang bang..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
2 of 5

“..it is a hectic jumble of fedoras and zoot suits, stockings and cigarettes, and red femme-fatale dresses..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
2 of 4

“..if, as Stephen Colbert has said, "the movies is where Americans learn their history," Gangster Squad is just noisy disinformation..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..digitally re-created, noir-flavored locations of postwar L.A. and the dazzling eye candy of Emma Stone in terrific period dresses and heartbreaking auburn hair..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]

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