Deep Cover
Deep Cover (1992)

Laurence Fishburne plays no-nonsense LAPD narc Russell Stevens, Jr., who has worked all his life to expunge the memory of his dope-addict father, whom he saw die in a liquor-store robbery. DEA agent Jerry Carver (Charles Martin Smith)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 14, 1999
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85%
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77%



Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Convoluted and mostly unconvincing as a portrait of the drug underworld, Deep Cover [based on a story by Michael Tolkin] still carries some resonance due to its vivid portrait of societal decay and a heavyweight performance by Larry Fishburne.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Deep Cover eventually degenerates into so much gratuitous violence that 'kill' sounds like the most-used verb in the screenplay's last stages.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cynical police thriller that veers between a standard issue genre action pic and something more meaningful and original.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

What emerges is a powerhouse thriller full of surprises, original touches, and rare political lucidity, including an impressive performance by Jeff Goldblum.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Rather than ride the easy cynicism of the script, by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean, Fishburne illuminates his character's moral struggle.

Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Smart and stylish, it also has scenes of crackling violence and dramaturgy that oftentimes strains to work but, on the whole, Deep Cover is engaging, thoughtful and inventive.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

In addition to Fishburne, it gives us a first-rate soundtrack, a clutch of splendid cameos, fine, grainy direction from Duke, and much pointed stuff about the hypocrisy behind the USA's so-called war against drugs.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What sets Deep Cover apart is its sense of good and evil, the way it has the Fishburne character agonize over the moral decisions he has to make.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's an unsettling yet compelling blend, and probably one you don't want to think about too much.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Nice little undercover piece directed by Bill Duke of Commando and Predator fame.
John Ballantine
A bit garbagy. Not one that Laurence Fishburne or Jeff Goldblum should remember well.
xGary Xx
Intelligent, intense and well-acted undercover cop drama, with Jeff Goldblum playing nicely against type as a psychotic yuppie and Laurence Fishburne suitably… More
Lee Kyle
One of my all time favorites, if you like jeff goldblum this is the movie to see, a very intense performance, i always credit this as being his best to date, a… More
danny d
decent flick
Christopher Brown
Amazing crime drama. I thought this genre was going to go in this film's and One False Move's direction, but once Reservoir Dogs came out that pretty… More