Metascore
16

Overwhelming dislike - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 15 out of 21
Watch On
  1. 50
    Has an intriguing cast, a director who knows how to use his camera and a lot of sly humor. Shame about the story. When you see this many of the right elements in a lame movie, you wonder how close they came to making a better one.
  2. 50
    This is the kind of movie that isn't even worth renting when it comes out on video because, with the possible exception of Michael Lerner and Omar Epps dancing to show tunes, you've seen it all before.
  3. Presents undercover law enforcement less as a profession than as an accessory, an excuse to pout and glower chicly, to stand around in nightclubs acting like a sullen version of the Last American Rebel.
  4. Everyone works hard, but the results are sadly short of style and personality or irony and intelligence.
  5. The story moves so slowly and obviously, you don't even need to be in the theater very much (or your living room when the video comes out) to follow it.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    10
    Feels like the most shameless effort yet in the renewed exploitation of the youth market.
  7. A great-looking picture that zips along with grace, light on its feet but possessed of just enough gravity to allow us to take its people rather than its old TV series premise seriously.
  8. A flawed fraud, a youth movie so disjointed, witless and condescending that it's painful to watch.
  9. 0
    Bound to wind up as one of 1999's worst films.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    Clean up the language, and this little roach of a movie could play the bottom half of a double bill with Rowan and Martin's “The Maltese Bippy.” [26 March 1999, Life, p.9E]
  11. Here's what I really like about The Mod Squad: Nobody in it gives a damn.
  12. 25
    You watch the movie in a dumbfounded stupor. Why on earth was it made? [26 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
  13. Curiously enough plays like a 90-minute version of the old television show. That's not necessarily bad.
  14. A sketchy, half-baked, stylistically inconsistent movie that scarcely even pretends to care whether it makes sense or not.
  15. One of the most mindless, shamelessly lazy films.
  16. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    30
    Bad, but not criminally so.
  17. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    30
    No one expects much from movie adaptations of TV shows but complete incoherence and boredom is a bit too much to bear.
  18. Reviewed by: Tom Meek
    20
    Add another one to the scrap heap of trendy, nostalgic, 60's and 70's TV shows reduced to cinematic rubble by the inspiration starved minds in Hollywood.
  19. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    40
    It's easy to ignore these knockoff movie versions of retro TV shows, because they're almost always atrociously made. But it can be instructive to watch them because of the template they provide for culture compare-and-contrast between the old show's era and ours.
  20. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    30
    An exercise in robotic filmmaking.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. May 21, 2011
    2
    The three leads try to bring some life to this turkey, but the script is DOA. Even the jokes about it being a cliche fall flat. Not even worthThe three leads try to bring some life to this turkey, but the script is DOA. Even the jokes about it being a cliche fall flat. Not even worth it for irony. Skip it Full Review »