Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. 75
    A down-and-dirty genre picture that manages a couple of decent plot twists, a couple of passable car chases and two epic shoot-outs.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 28, 2013
    Don't look for The Sweeney to win any awards. It's not going to, not even close. But that doesn't stop it from being a briskly involving British crime entertainment of the old school. You've seen the type, and more than once, but the genre still has enough juice to take us for a ride.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 28, 2013
    Simon Dennis’s photography is glossy and crisp, and a lengthy foot chase — making excellent use of the National Gallery — is inventively choreographed. And if the villains are little more than fireplugs in balaclavas, the violence they provoke is satisfyingly vicious.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 28, 2013
    I don’t know how many sex scenes featuring Winstone and Atwell you can handle, but the movie breaches my limit, which is a firm zero.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 28, 2013
    The movie has a certain integrity and creates an interesting atmosphere, largely thanks to the soundtrack, of all things, which gives most moments a dreamy undertone.
  6. Reviewed by: Omer M. Mozaffar
    Feb 27, 2013
    Somewhere in the laundry list of clichés, there is a movie here that we have already seen and forgotten.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Feb 27, 2013
    From its lone-wolf mythology to the high, pealing guitar wails in its score, The Sweeney plays like a forgotten ’80s action movie recently discovered in a dusty vault. A treat, perhaps, for those who prefer their cop thrillers pre-meta, but tiresomely plodding for everyone else.
  8. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Mar 1, 2013
    The Sweeney—a new British police drama—feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 26, 2013
    Fans of the gritty, era-defining precinct drama will bristle at how the program's realism has been replaced by a generic Tinseltown U.K. slickness. But regardless of whether you’re a longtime devotee or not, you’ll be left saying, “This is The Sweeney? I’ve been rooked.”
  10. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Mar 4, 2013
    Up until the very very end (which uncorks a CLASSIC cop cliché that seemed long dead by now), The Sweeney is straight dumb procedural, no chaser.
  11. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Feb 27, 2013
    Clichés abound, even in the look of the film, which toggles between post-Ritchie crime-violence burlesque and sleek, Nolanesque faux-grandeur.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Mar 10, 2013
    If you think this is a feel good british gangster movie, don't ebven bother to watch it. The Sweeney is a underbelly kicked in the butt feeling movie. Other than Nick Love. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2013
    Offensive on every level. There has to be something wrong with a film that makes you want the villains to be victorious and the so called good guys to be viciously killed. Ray Winston playing himself is more reprehensible than usual and I didn't think that could be possible. Film making at its nadir and British cinema to be ashamed of. The TV series from which this moronic mess springs from should sue. A socially irresponsible piece of crap that Shames everyone involved. Full Review »
  3. Sep 1, 2014
    "Ee's a slaaag!" That pretty much sums up The Sweeney; amusing but dumb. This is modern London crime fare (albeit with a heart stuck in the 70s) that seems to be under the impression that it's actually Michal Mann's Heat. It isn't. Full Review »