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Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and-if he has his way-every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gangster Squad looks the part, but it's so superficial it practically evaporates before our eyes."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall can't decide whether to make a spoof or a serious drama, so they wrongheadedly attempt both."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Probably the year's most squandered cast, in a boring, by-the-numbers crime film that plays like a fifth-generation re-do of "L.A. Confidential,""
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"Flitting between over-the-top violence, grim moral posturing, and matinee thrills, this is a broad, two-dimensional crime noir that thinks it's deeper and smarter than it is."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Twitch
"Although it's blunt and brisk in its own inoffensive way, "Gangster Squad" is meathead cinema - the sort that cuts hard from a splattered brain to spatula-pressed hamburger. Unlike that grilled patty, the movie is mostly sizzle, little steak."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Some of the clothes and makeup feel as glossy as paint, but, those aside, we seem to browsing through a display of secondhand goods."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Gangster Squad" is a highly stylized, pulp-fiction period piece based on true events."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"A nod toward nostalgia, a grandiose display of the arrogance of the present: this seems to be the whole program of Gangster Squad."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"The film is never anything less than watchable, largely because of its seductively stylish look and bevy of charismatic actors."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Makes 1991′s "Mobsters" look like "The Godfather" in comparison."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It might sound like a stretch, imagining Penn playing that intense, indiosyncratic a villain. But the lauded, veteran actor pulls a left hook, then a right, and after a wild bodyshot at the tail end of the film, you see the true mania behind his eyes."
‑ Ricardo Baca, Denver Post
"Despite a cast of gifted actors, lush 1940s production design and suave costumes, it's bereft of inspiration, plowing familiar terrain past the point of tedium to impatience."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An entertaining but wholly unspectacular flick that can't seem to figure out if it wants to be The Untouchables or Dick Tracy."
‑ Travis Hopson,
""Gangster Squad" is like "The Untouchables" without a heart. De Palma delivered the goods on Ness and company. The goods were hijacked in this gangster tale."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad attempts to recreate mobster magic, but ends up fumbling into an endless amount of clichés and some horrid digital photography to boot."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
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