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  • Summary: In a city ravaged by violent crime, the police department's anti-gang task force uses any means at its disposal to get the bad guys off the streets, with cops often acting as judge, jury and executioner. AS the unit's self-justifying brutality and corruption spiral further out of control, gang member turned cop Armando Sancho (Collins Jr.) begins to question the life he and his partner (Gooding Jr.) have chosen. (Silver Nitrate) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. 70
    Like the best pulp, though, it gets its hooks into you faster than you can start to wonder why you should possibly care about what happens to any of its despicable characters, and, before you know it, you’ve been pulled deep into its Dantean vision.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    The cop genre receives a shot of adrenaline in helmer Chris Fisher's Dirty, a no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s.
  3. When the florid speeches of volcanic rage and frustration draw to a close - and when Collins and Gooding complete their acting exercises - we still have no clue who these men are and what sent them down their intersecting moral dark alleys.
  4. 40
    Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins Jr. (excellent as Perry Smith in "Capote") habitually rise above their clichéd roles.
  5. "Filthy" may have been a better title for Dirty. The rough language is not just pervasive, as the MPAA's R rating describes it, it's assaultive. The violence is not merely "strong," it's incessant, sadistic and broadly unbelievable.
  6. A facile exercise in nihilism posing as an indie "Training Day" with street cred. Don't believe it.
  7. 0
    An excruciating indie knockoff of "Training Day."

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. EdwardV.
    Apr 5, 2006
    8
    This is a great,fast-paced, stylish, suspenseful, crime drama. After reding the critics' reviews on here I wasn't expecting much, but, once again, they were wrong on this one also. Reminds me a lot of the cool witty darkness of Pulp Fiction. Very entertaining. Expand
  2. SusanM.
    Apr 10, 2006
    0
    This was supposed to be Cuba Gooding's "comeback", in terms of proving he's a serious actor? Please, I'd take that gay boat cruise movie over this any day! This was total garbage. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. That guy should change professions. Expand

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