The Sweeney
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Tearing up the streets of London, THE SWEENEY is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. Armed and dangerous, the Sweeney Flying Squad are old school crime fighters enforcing the law. Led by legendary detective Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner, they have their own unique way of operating and always get results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a reappearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no-nonsense boss… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[It] feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice
"Maybe it worked in the '70s; it's too worn to work these days. Ray Winstone needs to find better rocks to chew on."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It goes nowhere, lost in the thick, indecipherable cockney accents and seemingly endless shootouts and car chases."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Pulpy Brit actioner for die-hard fans of Ray Winstone, whose close-to-camp turn as '70s TV hero Jack Regan isn't enough to warrant a booking."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"This British film's coppers are all anachronisms as are the filmmakers' attitudes toward their anti-heroes and female characters."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt,
"Based on a '70s British program, this is a bombastic effort that, while not successful, is still as bracing as a cold pint."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The movie blithely repeats most of the clichés of the American badass-cop flick, only in impenetrable Cockney."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The Sweeney Is Cliché After Cliché To The Point Of Parody."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"Let's not waste each other's time. You already know whether this sounds like the kind of top bloke you'd fancy having a pint with. If so, The Sweeney is your film."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"If you watched any of the dozens of gritty BBC crime dramas that have reached our shores over the last decade, The Sweeney looks and feels like a bigger-budgeted version of those productions."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Winstone is, as always, perfectly believable as a tough guy and after a slow start - due, somewhat, to American ears adjusting to those problematic accents - the film hits a groove."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"This might just be a British thing that we don't understand - literally."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"You'd be better off going out into the lobby for popcorn and a soda for the first hour."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The film is just stylized enough to register as above average, but on the whole it's pretty forgettable - the kind of film you describe with a noncommittal "interesting," while walking out of the theater."
‑ Witney Seibold, CraveOnline
"This throwback to 1970s cops and robbers movies had me 'nicked.'"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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