Dark Blue

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Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

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  • Summary: Over the course of four days, a brutal murder and a racially charged trial trigger and explosive chain of events that resonate throughout Los Angeles. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., two of the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad officersOver the course of four days, a brutal murder and a racially charged trial trigger and explosive chain of events that resonate throughout Los Angeles. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., two of the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad officers (Russell, Speedman) must track down cold-blooded killers and also face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue. (MGM) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. 100
    Dark Blue is one of those totally happy surprises that moves so quickly and curves so sharply that it leaves this era's hyped critical hits looking like beached whales.
  2. 80
    Flaws and all, Dark Blue has a combustible energy that's usually anathema to Hollywood, reopening an old wound that has festered too quietly for more than a decade.
  3. 75
    Not a great movie, but it has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact. The characters driving through the riot-torn streets of Los Angeles provide some of them, and the savage, self-hating irony of Russell's late dialogue provides the rest.
  4. Unlike the intrigue and winding switchback of moral mysteries that defined "L.A. Confidential," Dark Blue travels on flat, predictable terrain.
  5. 60
    It’s shocking how much Dark Blue hates cops.
  6. 50
    In the wake of TV's powerhouse "The Shield," Dark Blue comes off as something of a retread, with little of "The Shield's" electric fury, edgy camera work or deft characterizations.
  7. Imagine finding the will to get up every morning to do another day's work on this stale story tarted up with relevance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9

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