Lions Gate Films | Release Date: December 20, 2002
8.6
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Universal acclaim based on 47 Ratings
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wololoooJul 2, 2012
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Narc outdid my every expectation - after reading the summary, I was in no way anticipating such a hugely original and deeply emotional thriller. It's dark, stylish and endlessly gritty. The acting is spot-on, and it's Ray Liotta's performance that really shone through, but every element is crafted with a huge amount of creative thought and technical expertise. This is a phenomenal debut from writer/director Joe Canahan and though his successive films haven't lived up to the sheer brilliance that is Narc, it just goes to show what a hugely effective film it is incredible too. The twists are mindblowing, as repeated flashbacks from different perspectives offer conflicting recounts of the murder. Liotta's character being "revealed" as the murderer would have been a great ending in itself, but to turn it back and finally see the truth blew me away. The cinematography is stylized and very much reflective of the anxious narrative, and really added a subtle realism to the film. To summarize, Narc is possibly the most refreshing and effective crime thriller I've seen since Silence of the Lambs and one I'll gladly revisit. Expand
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JBridgeFeb 9, 2006
I don't understand what this deal is with people vomiting over the violence in this movie. The violence is in this movie to add reality. It was by no means over the top. At all. The movie was very well acted and the plot kept me very I don't understand what this deal is with people vomiting over the violence in this movie. The violence is in this movie to add reality. It was by no means over the top. At all. The movie was very well acted and the plot kept me very interested. What I loved most was that I had Liotta pegged for the murder from the beginning, and I was so surprised at the end. The revelation was actually a REVELATION. Expand
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El_JackoMay 9, 2015
A superb and brutal cop flick anchored by solid performances from the lead actors. The story is interesting and has a well-executed payoff, whilst the unflinching violence works in leaving the audience unnerved by its realism.
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