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When narcotics detective Eugene "Mack" McCanick (David Morse) discovers that Simon Weeks (Cory Monteith) has been released from prison, he instigates a brutal manhunt, without permission from the Chief of Police (Ciaran Hinds). The frenzy of paranoia and violence that follows pushes Mack and his partner to the edge of the law. The closer Mack gets to his prey, the closer he gets to a secret from his past - one that only Weeks can expose. (c) Well Go USA

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The premise that bruised feelings can get blown so far out of proportion and propel a veteran cop to risk his reputation and jettison his entire career is simply preposterous."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"The only reason to suffer through a grim wack job called McCanick is to see the late Cory Monteith in his last film role."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A completely by-the-numbers, cliched cop story for its first two thirds, before pivoting to an ending that's shocking but also totally indefensible."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"Unfortunately, this initially rote and ultimately ridiculous cop-on-the-edge drama suffers from too many creative missteps."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Paste Magazine
"This thriller badly overestimates its ability to wring compelling drama from threadbare genre elements and an unsatisfying third act twist."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
"The dour "McCanick" banks way too much on what it is not telling us, making for a movie that thinks it's being cryptically suspenseful but is really just annoying."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"[A] numbingly inert series of dirty-cop clichés that abruptly builds to an ephemerally poignant climax."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Village Voice
"McCanick may have worked as Chief Wiggum's favorite film in The Simpsons, but as a feature film in the real world it fails to convince, and succeeds only in frustrating."
‑ Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
"The plot of McCanick, sketchy to begin with, is made even more so by Daniel Noah's woozy, fragmented script, and direction by Josh C. Waller for which "clumsy" is almost too kind a description."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Despite also employing a time-skipping narrative structure, [McCanick] neatly walks the thin blue line of previous dirty cop movies. The greatest crime committed here is being too familiar."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"It's a shame the script doesn't offer anything beyond loose-cannon-cop cliches."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"A fine performance by Cory Monteith isn't enough to salvage this drably derivative, infuriatingly improbable police drama."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"A ho-hum B-movie with an A-list cast. Besides the solid performances, it offers nothing else to hold your interest."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Because Noah coyly reserves the motivation for McCanick's vendetta as a third-act twist of sorts, much of McCanick simply involves watching this tortured guy mowing people down for no apparent reason."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"...a far-from-fresh premise that's employed to consistently underwhelming and often laughable effect..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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