Colors
Colors (1988)

Colors stars Robert Duvall and Sean Penn as partners on the LAPD's gang crime division. Duvall had hoped to spend more time with his family, but he's pulled back into active service because of a step-up in gang activity. He makes no… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 2, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Colors is a solidly crafted depiction of some current big-city horrors and succeeds largely because of the Robert Duvall-Sean Penn teaming as frontline cops. They're terrific together as members of the gang crime division of the LAPD.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's an exhilarating sparring match between Duvall's workmanlike fine-tuning and Penn's raw energy.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Colors has a tentative, ambivalent feel to it--as if Hopper merely considered himself a hired gun who should avoid imposing too personal a vision on the material.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Never as eccentric as The Last Movie or Out of the Blue, Colors nevertheless makes most other cop movies look formulary by comparison.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

There's great pleasure in watching these two actors work. And Hopper, a great actor himself, knows what they need to thrive.

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Film4

Dennis Hopper's striking, controversial film was one of the first to attempt to get under the skin of LA gang culture, inspiring the many 'hood' films that proliferated in the early 1990s.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Though its story has the makings of standard stuff, and is sometimes sketchily told, nothing about 'Colors is ordinary.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Colors is a special movie -- not just a police thriller, but a movie that has researched gangs and given some thought to what it wants to say about them.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Retrata a violência do submundo das gangues de maneira crua e realista, preocupando-se mais em ilustrar a brutalidade daquele universo do que propriamente em desenvolver uma trama (o que é um bônus).

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
A fairly decent film but a little contrived at times. Oh, and the word ?Color? should have a U in it!! Expected more from Hopper though!
Al S
A explosive, shocking, unsettling and heart-pounding drama. Thrilling, frequently exciting and all the way exhilerating. Gritty and realistic. Robert Duvall and… More
Lenny Muggsy
Good cop film, nothing special about the film if you watch it now, back then it had more of an impact. Good acting and screenplay.
EightThirty .
Oldshool...This is what started that Gangster Gangster ^_^
Lady D'arbanville
A film with issues, still very relevant today, yet dated by the music and clothing. I particularly like the relationship between Penn and Duval, a great rookie… More
xGary Xx
Predating the rash of hip hop inspired gangster films of the early 90s, this gritty story about two cops policing the streets of LA's gang neighbourhoods… More

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