|Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: October 5, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Denzel Washington does a cocksure turn in Training Day -- That may be enough to transform a shallow picture with delusions of grandeur into a crowd-pleasing hit.
He presides over the picture with such assurance that even longtime Denzel-watchers gape.
Mesmerizing entertainment, but it's also a cop-out.
Trashy and opportunistic as some of it is, Training Day is the most vital police drama since "The French Connection" or "Serpico."
As long as Training Day stays tightly focused on the struggle between the two cops, the movie is first rate.
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