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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins Jr. portray a pair of former gang members who trade in their colors for badges, only to discover that life on the other side of the law isn't much different than life on the streets, in Nightstalker director Chris Fisher's tale of crime and corruption in the highest ranks of the inner-city police force. As anti-gang task force cops Armando Sancho (Collins Jr.) and his partner Salim Adel (Gooding Jr.) make their way through the sweltering concrete jungle of a decaying city, the lines between the law and the lawless grow increasingly blurred. His… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

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"A no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"The machinations of the plot are so murky as to be not worth following."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Dirty is a solid ride, and deserves recognition if only because it affords Gooding the chance to reaffirm his acting chops."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"...although Dirty isn't much better than some of his earlier efforts, one can't help but admire Gooding Jr's willingness to portray such an irredeemably nasty character."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Even the stunningly downbeat ending smacks of sub-Tarantinoesque theatrics."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"We get it. All of you guys watched the Tarantino movies and you watched the Peckinpah movies. Enough, give us something original."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The only suspense is how long it's going to take for this movie to finally drag to an end."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Fisher goes a bit too over the top with a couple of conventions that I wish he'd rein in."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, LYTRules.com
"DIRTY boasts about a wayward police drama that needs considerable conscientious washing. Sadly, this perfunctory scrub job simply attacks the same old neglected stained areas."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"As the villain, Wyclef Jean exercises an impression-as-accent of John Malkovich's character from Rounders in turn impersonating a member of the Jamaican bobsled team."
‑ Brent Simon, FilmStew.com
"This isn't a film made by someone who knows anything about cops. It's a film made by someone who's seen a lot of cop movies."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"As good as the leads and the supporting cast are, and as much action as gets packed into the film's relatively brief running time, none of it draws us in dramatically."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"This picture of it is poppin' blanks at too many turns to be considered honest nor a reflection of the real deal."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The cinematography of Eliot Rockett is also laudable: The city is not only rendered in the usual hot and gritty texture of urban landscapes, but is imbued with sense of oppression that is palpable."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Capturing LA as a sepia-toned, sunbaked wasteland just isn't fresh. Why must every LA cop drama take place on the hottest day of the year just as the city is about to explode?"
‑ Dan Fienberg, Zap2it.com
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