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Clark Johnson's big-screen adaptation of the 1970s television series S.W.A.T. stars Colin Farrell as Jim Street, a young special weapons and tactics team member who, in the film's opening sequence, is demoted after his hothead partner Jeremy Renner shoots a hostage while trying to kill her captor. In need of good press, the higher-ups call in SWAT expert Hondo Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) to put together an elite team that can bring some luster back to the badge. He chooses Street, veteran T.J. (Josh Charles), and tough single mother Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez). The new team… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A rigmarole of stranded clichés and thrill-free action-movie legerdemain."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"By-the-numbers explosion flick -- no surprises."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A lively, mindless police thriller."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Is there an actual character in S.W.A.T.? A plot? A single intelligent or exciting sequence?"
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"he high definition SWAT training footage resembles a US Army recruitment ad, appropriate since TV journeyman Johnson imagines downtown LA as an unpatrolled Baghdad, swarming with guntotin' mercenaries pursuing their share of the bounty."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"The director, a TV guy named Clark Johnson, doesn't shoot action very well, which is sort of a handicap."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Never quite rises above the level of merely watchable."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Solidly entertaining without being spectacular."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"...a case of a modest workmanlike film exceeding diminished expectations"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"There is something sneakily gratifying about all this."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"You can't get mad at it -- except for the two hours of your life it steals from you."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"Is surely flawed, but in the end manages to work well as action entertainment..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Watching the wheels come off of S.W.A.T. is quite a sight."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"This is an enjoyable entertainment, but I can't really call it any more than average."
‑ Tony Medley, tonymedley.com
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