The Glass Shield (The Johnny Johnson Trial)
The Glass Shield (The Johnny Johnson Trial) (1994)

In this crime drama, an honest lawman has to decide where his loyalties lie in a corrupt system. All his life, J.J. (Michael Boatman) has dreamed of being a cop, and after graduating from the Police Academy, he gets his wish, becoming the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Ambition is something to respect in an artist, but Charles Burnett's police-corruption drama The Glass Shield is such a maladroit piece of filmmaking that its weighty themes and sclerotic tangle of a plot end up making it a trial to sit through.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

It's a rigorous, angry piece of work, but it misses out on the psychological depths that have made Burnett's previous films among the glories of recent American independent moviemaking.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An angry anti-cop message flick directed and written to be subversive by angry LA based indie filmmaker Charles Burnett.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

A powerful moral drama that tries to deal with the racism at the root of many problems in contempo American society.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

An implausible, wearisome clunker trying to ring true but making only dull thuds.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Despite studio interference, it's still a decent film, and the association of a black man and a Jewish woman (as two outcasts) is a welcome addition to the genre.

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Time Out

The movie feels sketchy, as if Burnett chopped the flesh off his screenplay and left us only the bare bones.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Burnett's screenplay has a tendency to be a little too preachy, especially during the unsatisfying final scene. There's a fine line between getting the message across through subtlety and becoming didactic...

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Burnett uses a socially discomforting scenario that has only vague implications of deeper malice to initiate a brave portrayal of a Caucasian-centric sort of martial law.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A pretty good Police Drama about how once again the white man has done the black man wrong. Still Story line worth 4 stars
Deb S
This is a gritty police story of crime and corruption in the police force based partially on a true story revolving around a young black cop J.J. Johnson… More
danny d
the worst ending in movie history
John Ballantine
Not sparkling. Very run of the mill.