Street Kings
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In the wake of the L.A. riots, an LAPD vice detective who always went above and beyond the call of duty to keep the streets safe receives a startling wake-up call that leaves him convinced he can no longer employ the tactics that made him so effective in his work. LAPD veteran Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) has borne personal witness to the worst that the streets have to offer, and when his partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews), is killed the violence strikes a bit too close to home. Now Ludlow is on a mission to bring his partner's killer to justice, though Captain Walker… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Keanu Reeves' bad-boy cop Tom Ludlow may not play by the rules, but the film sure does."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Another 'roid-raging dirty cop drama from David Ayer."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Still, as corrupt cop films go, Street Kings has got its moments, and if nothing else it certainly does entertain."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Everything here is predictable, from the tired plot whose revelations are deeply unsurprising to the gritty dialogue and casual everyday violence of the cops involved."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
"Competent but fatally lacking in the element of surprise. [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"What could have been endearingly daft remains merely forgettable."
‑ , Time Out
"[James Ellroy] writes Calvinist screeds against sin; filmmakers turn them into shoot-em-up thrillers."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"There's only the spectacle of crooked dunces slamming against each other"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A solid contemporary crime drama."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"If you can forgive its stale dialogue, which at times seems so egregiously leaden that it might have been better suited to a Mad magazine parody, 'Street Kings' is a tense, aggressively absurd thriller."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"It's really kind of a dirty scummy piece of work."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Street Kings wastes a moderately intriguing premise by filling it with laughably clichéd dialogue, one-dimensional characters and implausible turns of events."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A lot of reviewers seem to have disliked Street Kings because of its negative view of the LA police, and perhaps the country at large. That is not a problem for me."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"There is certainly something compelling in the film's ideas, but the way they're executed suggest that any true questions about morality and the law are just grist for the action mill."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"While military man turned director Ayer implicates our culture steeped in violence and the damaging effects of trained killing, whether by police or in war, he's assembled such a deplorable LAPD rogues gallery, it's hard to tell which one is the worst."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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