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Los Angeles, 1999 - Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Where's it all go? Nowhere, really, just down a dirty, disappointing hole. Harrelson deserved better."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Rampart" doesn't tell a coherent story as much as swirl the drain with Dave, as his increasingly desperate efforts to save himself simply result in a cascade of self-inflicted wounds."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A powerful portrait of a seriously damaged, both internally and externally, man."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"What keeps the movie engaging for as long as it was is the amazing performance by two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"A film saddled with a melodramatic script that would serve better as a TV pilot."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"It's a remarkably compelling film."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This isn't your average out-of-control character, and Harrelson has to work against a narrowly defined screenplay that is short on specifics."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"[A] cop drama in the vein of Bad Lieutenant, except in this case the bad cop that is front and centre truly thinks he's doing good."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Onya Magazine
"IN case you needed it, this unsettling cop drama is further proof that Woody Harrelson is one of the most underrated actors going round."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"No thrills, no secret plots, and no obvious politics, "Rampart" is a powerful and moving look into an empty person."
‑ Witney Seibold, CraveOnline
"Brown is a sick man, but Harrelson makes him so interesting, so charismatic, so ... watchable, that you can't look away, even if his actions make you want to (and they will)."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Sure to provoke furious reactions in those unwilling to succumb to its mood of reckless abandon. But for those who can, this feverish slice of LA noir is set to be one of the purest cinematic pleasures of 2012."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Rampart doesn't end up having as much emotional punch to it as The Messenger did, mainly because it feels as though the idea was not thought out to completion."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"You get the impression that the film is as conflicted as its protagonist: trying to be both an arty character study and a dynamic drama at the same time but unable to excel at either."
‑ Matt Looker, TheShiznit.co.uk
"This movie feels too undecided. The movie is so intent on not being "Training Day" that it just isn't "Training Day" enough."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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