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A cop's personal code of justice begins to change after a number of incidents lead his city to a tragic wave of violence in this police drama. Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell) is a veteran cop with the LAPD's Special Investigations unit, a man who isn't above bending the law if it means putting people behind bars who deserve the treatment. As Los Angeles waits on the verdict in the Rodney King police beating trial, Perry is presenting testimony to Assistant Chief of Police Arthur Holland (Ving Rhames), who is well aware of the corruption in the SIS unit and wants to stop it. Perry,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Russell is the reason to go to the theater. He will continue to hold your attention when things around him -- like the storyline -- lose steam and credibility."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Harrowing and compulsively watchable morality play."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Russell fans, take note: This is probably the strongest work he's done in movies."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Kurt Russell, um ator sempre subestimado, oferece mais uma performance digna de aplausos neste interessante filme cuja trama foi concebida por James Ellroy."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Shelton only achieves the intensity he's looking for at one point, when the riots finally break out and Perry has to drive through crowds of looters."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Well worth recommending."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The movie ends not with a bang but a wimp."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Using the real-life Rodney King mess as a backdrop is pretty tawdry exploitation."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Dark Blue gets the brain working and sheds light on a controversial topic."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Dark Blue has a seamy slow-burn energy, charged by its narrative and thematic tie-ins with the 1992 Los Angeles riots and a dynamite lead performance from Kurt Russell."
‑ Nick Rogers, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
"Fails to make the grade as either a gritty crime drama or an intriguing piece of historical relevance."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Violent police detective teaches his partner."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"While it doesn't avoid the familiar and formulaic (what cop movie does these days?), DARK BLUE was a pleasant surprise, and proved that Russell can save just about anything"
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"[A] gritty police drama addressing the matter of what police work does to the people who do it."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"...standard, formulaic, Hollywood crime fluff."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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