Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35
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  1. Technically clever but emotionally bankrupt...it's an almost laughably opportunistic movie.
  2. 38
    A compendium of missed opportunities, uninspired action and clichés so tired, you wish the screenwriters had called 911, too.
  3. A prototypical new-millennium summer movie, S.W.A.T. is no more than an extended trailer for itself.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    38
    Lots of buildings and cars explode, but there isn't a spark between any of the characters.
  5. 38
    S.W.A.T. may be an acronym for Special Weapons and Tactics, but by the end of this routine melodrama, it might as well stand for Standard Whacking and Trashing.
  6. SWAT is better than "Gigli," but so is most outpatient surgery.
  7. 30
    Surely something more original than this could have been mined from the history of North America’s largest and most professional police force. As it is, though, Johnson’s film is just firing blanks.
  8. 20
    Seems best suited to all the couch-potato swinging dicks who get off watching the police on "Cops" keep the public safe from people in possession of marijuana.
  9. Looks like the deformed spawn of a development process gone awry.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    8
    Great film, Not because one area of the film is amazing but simply because the overall product is good. Solid acting by the cast, GreatGreat film, Not because one area of the film is amazing but simply because the overall product is good. Solid acting by the cast, Great action, and its interesting. Full Review »
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    6
    It wasnt that bad. The acting is solid through out and there is a ton of good action, Its suprisingly addictive to watch. I have seen it 3-4It wasnt that bad. The acting is solid through out and there is a ton of good action, Its suprisingly addictive to watch. I have seen it 3-4 times and I still enjoy it. The plot isnt all that good and rather generic overall, Some parts of the movie are just stupid and make you question why they were added in the first place. Yet still its an enjoyable action film worth the watch. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2014
    2
    "S.W.A.T." is one of those films you do not know why they were made, in the first place. A typical action film, with a bland story and shallow"S.W.A.T." is one of those films you do not know why they were made, in the first place. A typical action film, with a bland story and shallow characters, that ends predictably as bad as it begins. The casting choices are good, but the whole thing is frustrating and forgettable. It won't disappoint action fans, though. Full Review »