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Nick Tellis is a recovering drug addict. But staying clean is not so easy for this Detroit narcotics officer when the police department reinstates him in order to investigate an elusive 'narc' squad homicide. After a rookie cop is mysteriously killed in the line of duty, the police department teams Tellis up with the dead cop's partner--the volatile Lieutenant Henry Oak--to solve the murder. Soon the two of them find themselves crawling through the mean streets of Detroit. Their probative investigation leads them through filthy drug dens, crack houses, and alleyways to track the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a director Carnahan definitely has the goods... Unfortunately the script is your basic renegade-cop narrative, with the usual hoo-ha about justice versus the law."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A well-sustained allegory-cum-cop drama."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"doesn't illuminate the world of the undercover agent or bring anything new to the table"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The stylish conviction of Carnahan and his never-better leads make this familiar yarn worth caring about."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Narc est un film extrêmement conventionnel dans son histoire, mais brille dans sa réalisation, son atmosphère et son style."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"If Carnahan keeps wrenching this material back an inch or two from cliché, it's only an inch or two."
‑ , Time Out
"It's a stunner that sadly grows tiresome at the end."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Intense cop movie for adults."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Carnahan shows flair and confidence."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Sometimes it seems a director tries to pack in as much harsh footage as an R-rating will allow for its own sake. That itself is a violent act. The audience is the victim."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A chokehold of a movie, grabbing us but not ultimately engaging us."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"Jason Patric and Ray Liotta make for one splendidly cast pair."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"One of the best films of 2002..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"For a picture that's billed as fresh and bracing, this is a pretty formulaic scheme, which Carnahan attempts to jolt into life through jittery direction."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"This is a dark, depressing, excessively violent, profusely profane film, not for the squeamish or anyone who likes elevating entertainment."
‑ Tony Medley,
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