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  • Summary: The Canadian series about a specialized unit used to dealing with urgent situations is based on the Emergency Task Force in Toronto.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    Though the characters on this show, premiering Friday on CBS, are relatable and watchable, the slow pace might prove to be too much of a cultural divide for an American audience used to the quick cuts and immediate resolve seen on American cop shows.
  2. It has an appealing modesty that survives its bouts of aesthetic overexcitement--the occasionally lurching camera, hammering soundtrack, the sentimental pop song laid over the last couple of minutes as the principals silently end a long, hard day.
  3. It's more nuanced than the average cop drama, and for that reason, more intriguing.
  4. To be sure, Flashpoint is a perfectly competent police procedural right down to its convincing weaponry and tactics. However, based on the pilot, it isn't particularly fresh or inventive.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    It's understandable why CBS would take its own low-risk shot with "Flashpoint" as summer filler. Yet as viewing experiences go, the series itself possesses so little flash, finally, that it's difficult to see the point.
  6. 50
    It goes through the motions quite competently and respectably. But it is nonetheless merely re-creating crime-series moves we've all seen many times before, with only the faintest afterimage of originality.
  7. If it had something truly new or provocative to say about such matters, the essential redundancy of Flashpoint could be overlooked--but it doesn't, and so it can't. These good guys are too good for their own good. And ours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. LauraS
    Jul 14, 2008
    I love this show. Finally, a cop show that depicts "real" police with characters that are true to life. I look forward to the next episode!
  2. cyrust.
    Oct 19, 2009
    Very good, a very well done point of view of police.
  3. Margie
    Sep 18, 2008
    great shows and great acting. Wish it would be picked up for fall show, please. much better than all those reality shows. Can't take anymore.. Please see how good it can be. Expand
  4. Dec 19, 2012
    Best police procedural ever. Excellent dialogues and situations. No cartoonish flares or empty characters, but real people doing a real job and feeling the consequences. Those who say US viewers would find it too slow, polemic or emotional might rethink that maybe that is exactly what US audiences are hungry for after the networks turned to empty schlock and pretty is as pretty does characters with no real brains involved! And Rico, what can I say... between Keith Mars and Greg Parker, I am a married straight man with a huge man-crush! Expand
  5. Asafe
    Jul 26, 2008
    This show is amazing!! i can't get enough. The story is great the "Slow" pace and the nature of each episode is what makes this show great.
  6. miked
    Oct 14, 2009
    I think it is a great show!! For the first time a canadian show that actually goes somewhere, the actinf isnt bad the police work is well done plus unlike some other police/swat show theyre missions arent some unreal rambo style cowboy stunts! Some people wont like it some will but I am a fan of police/military shows like that am i am very pleased! And being in the military I can say this isnt bullshit and some very realistic scenarios!! enjoy or dont but give it a chance! Expand
  7. Moh'dN.
    Jul 18, 2008
    Before you read: This review contains spoilers for the pilot only. While the idea for this TV show sounds exciting enough, the introduction of one of it's lead actors shakes faith in the mentality behind the show. The lead sniper - who's supposedly prepping the backup sniper - finds himself in a situation where he should be holding himself together much easier than scripted. For a sniper who looks OVER-confident at the beginning of the pilot and with face dents of someone who's been to hell & back, he cracks with overreaction under a situation only a newbie to the sniping job would break under. "Flashpoint is a different kind of cop show, since it portrays human emotions and how their actions would make the audience empathize with them" as per BC TV Review. Like I said: the idea of this show is good, but empathizing with cops requires from the audience to empathize with their characteristics first, then the situation in which to empathize needs to be well-scripted. Final thought: You cannot empathize with newbie-cop emotional reactions coming from someone as professional & as experienced as the sniper looked. Expand

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