The Mod Squad
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Police Capt. Adam Greer (Dennis Farina) needs some new cops who can go where other cops can't. Greer finds three young people on their way to jail: Lincoln Hayes (Omar Epps), the black one, is up for arson; Pete Cochrane (Giovanni Ribisi), the white one, is up for robbery; and Julie Barnes (Claire Danes), the blonde one, is up for assault. The three are given a choice: go to jail, or become a special undercover unit that will infiltrate L.A.'s underbelly and bring down the drug dealers and parasites that are preying on the young. Their only rules: no badges, no guns, and no turning in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This latest bigscreen retrofitting of a vintage TV series (1968-73) feels like the most shameless effort yet in the renewed exploitation of the youth market."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Plays like a 90-minute version of the old television show. That's not necessarily bad."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"No one expects much from movie adaptations of TV shows but complete incoherence and boredom is a bit too much to bear."
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Otherwise dependable young actors like Danes, Ribisi and Epps seem lost in one-dimensional and unconvincing characters."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Add another one to the scrap heap of trendy, nostalgic, 60's and 70's TV shows reduced to cinematic rubble by the inspiration starved minds in Hollywood."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"An exercise in robotic filmmaking."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"A great-looking picture that zips along with grace, light on its feet but possessed of just enough gravity to allow us to take its people rather than its old TV series premise seriously."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Mindless, stylish fun."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is a pristine example of incoherent storyline mixed with poor editing and limp writing."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"The first big-screen resurrection aimed squarely at a generation that probably never heard of, much less watched, the original TV show."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A flawed fraud, a youth movie so disjointed, witless and condescending that it's painful to watch."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The Mod Squad has an intriguing cast, a director who knows how to use his camera and a lot of sly humor. Shame about the story."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Who cares?"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Writer Scott Silver also directed the film, but obviously had no idea how to convey to his actors any sense of enthusiasm or energy."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Yeah, let's make a movie for the kids ... based on a TV show they've never even heard of."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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