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  • Summary: A serial murderer walks the streets of Manhattan, targeting violent felons who have fallen through the cracks of the judicial system. All the victims are suspected criminals whose bodies are found accompanied by a four-line poem justifying the killing. The killer’s mission is to do what the cops can’t do on their own—take bad guys off the streets for good. When a notorious pimp becomes one of the killer’s victims, highly decorated detectives Turk and Rooster are called in to investigate. This case could easily be the biggest one in their 30 years on the force. With the unwitting help of a local drug dealer the detectives follow what few clues they have, but their search soon turns inward, eventually leading them full circle as they realize the killer may be one of their own. (Overture Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    I'd like to recognize Russell Gewirtz for a screenplay that boasts humor, an impressive plot twist, and for setting up plenty of room for De Niro and Pacino to get their grooves back in order.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The entire movie is one big build-up to a twist that, while not exactly cheating, plays is an awfully cheap trick.
  3. 50
    The movie, which has more than 10 credited producers, feels like one of those slick, for-the-money projects Hollywood studios cook up via graph charts and marketing surveys.
  4. 42
    Trudging through a thriller that would have felt warmed over in 1988, the pair investigate a serial killer.
  5. A clutter of recycled cop-movie and serial-killer film clichés.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    By the time the movie reaches its protracted conclusion, it feels like a slog. Pacino has a few funny lines, as does Leguizamo, but not nearly enough to save the film from collapsing under the weight of its own self-righteous tedium.
  7. 20
    There's nothing righteous about this tired and tiresome good cop/bad cop NYPD procedural.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 17 out of 31
  1. mig
    Jun 14, 2009
    U people r just hating. This movie was awesome. 88 minutes was the worst movie in history. This one was awesome.
  2. ZackS.
    Jan 20, 2009
    I highly enjoyed this movie. Ya it was a little slow but it kept me guessing and i really did not expect the ending. I really recommend this movie it was just a good movie Expand
  3. BobbieohG.
    Aug 28, 2008
    It truly needs a better director. Jon Avnet is terrible and pretty much ruins this movie. It has a good script, two excellent actors, and an okay crew or production team. But alike last time, it Collapse
  4. SueP.
    Sep 12, 2008
    Couldn't have been more bored. A total waste of good talent.
  5. JoshF.
    Sep 28, 2008
    I feel ashamed to have sat through this all when everyone I started it with walked out, save for my brother. Deniro is a shadow of his former self and essentially an embarrassing contradiction, much like McCain. Why would either of the two leads' agents recommend this tripe to them? WOW! I still think Pacino can act, but this movie is no example I would submit to the jury whatsoever. After all these words, one more: WHY?!? Expand
  6. JaredC.
    Aug 28, 2008
    What a way to bomb there careers.
  7. BarneyH.
    Aug 28, 2008
    I am a huge fan of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. I thought it would be okay for the cause of the director. But believe me, what he has done here is horrid work. It makes your stomach ache and the question of asking when the pain will stop continues repeating itself over and over during the feature. It's ridiculous. People say the scripts good and both Pacino and de Niro were great. Wha-a-a-aWhat?! Thats a mistake, Pacino looks tired and crackes windows with his off-pitch voice as he swindles by, De Niro can't control himself, he just gets pissed off real easy in the movie because he hates that he even accepted the role. But it stinks!!!! I couldn't resist satying. I left instantly once the credits began rolling. All that rock-and-roll, like where's the originality. It's sentimental and dumb. DISAPPOINTING. Expand

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