In Too Deep


Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    A gritty, profane and profoundly disturbing look at the American drug culture.
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Invigorating excellence.
  3. It delivers cop-genre thrills at the pace required and reminds us Omar Epps is a star in the making.
  4. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    LL Cool J... is downright scary -- a mix of coiled charm and underlying menace.
  5. Script resounds throughout with astringent dialogue and stark authenticity.
  6. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    A gritty, well-acted urban drama with lots of humanity.
  7. A well-acted and surprisingly thoughtful treatment of the same old, same old.
  8. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Anjali Arora
    With a strong soundtrack and a little humor, In Too Deep remains good entertainment.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Formulaic but effectively gritty inner-city crime drama.
  10. Has a gritty authenticity to it … captures the spectacularly crazed quality of urban violence.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 19, 2013
    Action is a genre that is known for being way out there in terms of realism, with ridiculous special effects, shotty dialouge, and bad acting.Action is a genre that is known for being way out there in terms of realism, with ridiculous special effects, shotty dialouge, and bad acting. Seldom is an action movie really focused on the story, instead it's always about the man who can do the impossible. In Too Deep was different though because it was based on a true story and there really weren't any expensive special effects. In this film, Omar Epps plays a rookie, undercover cop, whose first small assignment actually leads him into the number one crime syndicate in all of Cincinnati. The inexperienced cop uses his urban upbringing and street smarts to get him to the top, where he really has to decide which side he wants to be on. In Too Deep featured a great, real life story, that was on the level, I really enjoyed this film. On top of that Epps and LL Cool J were terrific opposing each other and giving strong performances. What I didn't care for was the blatant racism from Director Michael Rymer. Everything was very well done, but it is very obvious that the Writer/Director of this film was white, while the majority of the cast was black. What I witnessed was a film where all the people in charge were white, all the thugs were black, but it didn't end there. The white people spoke eloquently, while even the black officers and other non-affiliated cast members all spoke street. Every person from the rookie cops aging father to the man who ran the convenience store were dropping F bombs left and right, adding man to every other word, and constantly saying the N word. I understand the point of this movie was to be real, but part of that realism was that this gang had never been infiltrated because of how smart they were. Instead of being portrayed as smooth and savvy, the leaders of the gang were portrayed as ignorant thugs and that really takes away from the film. Full Review »