The Sweeney
The Sweeney (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 2, 2013
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46%
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45%



Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ray Winstone exudes tough-guy bravado, but this cop thriller otherwise feels thoroughly generic.

Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice

[It] feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Maybe it worked in the '70s; it's too worn to work these days. Ray Winstone needs to find better rocks to chew on.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

It goes nowhere, lost in the thick, indecipherable cockney accents and seemingly endless shootouts and car chases.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Based on a '70s British program, this is a bombastic effort that, while not successful, is still as bracing as a cold pint.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The movie blithely repeats most of the clichés of the American badass-cop flick, only in impenetrable Cockney.

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Gabe Toro
The Playlist

The Sweeney Is Cliché After Cliché To The Point Of Parody.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

This might just be a British thing that we don't understand - literally.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

You'd be better off going out into the lobby for popcorn and a soda for the first hour.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Dean !
An ok English crime action film based on the old TV series. It looked very good from the trailer, but unfortunately that is quite misleading in the terms of the… More
Thomas Bowler
A great lead performance from Ray Winstone brings this up a peg or two but a tired plot and an uninspiring script are glaringly obvious. Full review later.
Al S
An awesome and wickedly entertaining film. I loved this movie. An extremely tough, stylish, exhilarating and utterly brilliant action-thriller. One of the most… More
Stuart Brooks
Pretty damn good, maybe not as good as the original series but well worth a watch.
xGary Xx
An armed response unit attached to the Metropolitan Police targets a gang of international armed robber whilst being investigated by Internal Affairs for their… More
Film Crazy
Its an average movie that may be better left to buy on dvd if neccessary, certainly not worth the cost of a cinema ticket! A remake of the classic and with a… More