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  • Summary: A police drama about a veteran officer (Washington) who escorts a rookie (Hawke) on his first day with the LAPD's tough inner-city narcotics unit. [Warner Bros.]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 90
    One of the finest cops-and-robbers thrillers of recent years.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    As long as Training Day stays tightly focused on the struggle between the two cops, the movie is first rate.
  3. 80
    Mesmerizing entertainment, but it's also a cop-out.
  4. It is so propulsive so much of the time, it almost looks as if it's going to go the distance. If Washington & Co. don't quite manage to bring it home, the getting there sure is something.
  5. 70
    Bit of melodramatic grandstanding that it is -- is made irrelevant by Washington's volcanic energy and fierce conviction.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Even after it becomes clearer which side of law Harris is operating on, the film continues to work as a taut -- if violent -- police thriller.
  7. 30
    A blandly twisting plot with no meaningful revelations or substantial themes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 61
  2. Negative: 6 out of 61
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    10
    One of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. Awesome story, perfect acting. Denzel Washington is my favorite actor and Hawke did great too.One of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. Awesome story, perfect acting. Denzel Washington is my favorite actor and Hawke did great too. Lots of quotable lines in this movie. Expand
  2. Brandon
    Dec 1, 2008
    10
    Amazing dark cop drama. One of the best "corrupt cop" movies there is. For everyone claiming it is too over the top and unrelalistic.... Amazing dark cop drama. One of the best "corrupt cop" movies there is. For everyone claiming it is too over the top and unrelalistic.... please look up the LAPD Rampart scandal, which is what inspired the film. Expand
  3. Jul 17, 2014
    10
    Great film! Without a doubt an instant classic that could stand amongst the likes of End of Watch and The Departed as one of the all timeGreat film! Without a doubt an instant classic that could stand amongst the likes of End of Watch and The Departed as one of the all time great cop thrillers! Also boast one of Denzel Washington's best performances! Expand
  4. MichaelF.
    Oct 5, 2001
    9
    I was really surprised. A truly dark heart-pounder! Excellent direction by Antoine Fuqua. Denzel is a very good bad guy but goes over-the-top I was really surprised. A truly dark heart-pounder! Excellent direction by Antoine Fuqua. Denzel is a very good bad guy but goes over-the-top a lot! Hawke is great in a simple way. This is a very dark and gritty film that isn't for everyone. Not enough action to please the blood thirsty, to dark and gritty for others, for art film fans, its pretty good. I HIGHLY recommend this film! Expand
  5. Sep 1, 2013
    9
    Before movies like "The Departed" and "The Town" comes a riveting and intense cop thriller. This movie blew me away with it's great story andBefore movies like "The Departed" and "The Town" comes a riveting and intense cop thriller. This movie blew me away with it's great story and tremendous acting form Ethan Hawke and especially Denzel Washington. Overall, it's a cop thriller that's got the goods. Be sure to check out my YouTube channel "TheMovieManLife" for all things movies. Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2012
    8
    Stretches the bounds of credibility but it's still gun-blazing entertaining and in spite of its excesses it still has the ring of truth toStretches the bounds of credibility but it's still gun-blazing entertaining and in spite of its excesses it still has the ring of truth to it... that there is a lot of BS to being a cop in LA but justice somehow wins its small victories. Reality aint pretty, justice aint pretty but if you want pretty, you just gotta stay away from ugly. Expand
  7. HugoB
    Feb 3, 2008
    3
    Although the two central characters can hold the film, the rest falls by the wayside.

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