Training Day
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The Fast and the Furious (2001) screenwriter David Ayer follows up that fast-paced action hit with this gritty cop drama from director Antoine Fuqua. Ethan Hawke stars as Jake Hoyt, a fresh-faced Los Angeles Police Department rookie anxious to join the elite narcotics squad headed up by 13-year veteran Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington). Harris has agreed to give Hoyt a shot at joining his team with a one-day ride-along during which Hoyt must prove his mettle. As the day wears on, however, it becomes increasingly clear to the greenhorn that his experienced mentor has blurred… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If he makes it through the trial by fire -- and a blandly twisting plot with no meaningful revelations or substantial themes -- Hawke will get a promotion, but there's nothing in it for us."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Training Day isn't just one of the finest cops-and-robbers thrillers of recent years, full of devious twists and gut-grinding tension, but it also steers clear of convenient moral formulas."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Great performances, but for adults only."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This isn't a serious movie, despite Denzel Washington in full eruption and giving his calloused lines more weight and authority than they deserve."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Marred slightly by an unsatisfactory climax, this is a cracking cop drama anchored by great performances and intelligent direction from Fuqua."
‑ Chris Hewitt (UK), Empire Magazine
"Director Fuqua keeps it slick and sleazy and stokes up the race some, but this only accelerates the movie's deafening rush toward the top and ever over."
‑ , Time Out
"Training Day is a tense, polished, well-made action thriller that suffers from bad timing."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A surprisingly excellent movie with Incredible performances..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"My guess is that the conceit was meant to be that Denzel's a bad guy, and that's fun to watch. Instead, this just adds another to his list of bad film's he's acted in..."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Thumbs up, without question. Unfortunately, Training Day could have been so much more than it is."
‑ Steven Snyder, Zertinet Movies
"On a purely visceral level, Training Day is easily the most exciting movie out there right now, but as a morality tale with anything large on its mind, it's a cop-out."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"As usual Washington is astounding. He grabs the screen like a vise and never lets go."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"The movie moves rapidly, is extremely violent and not entirely plausible."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Cast against type as a corrupt cop, Denzel Washington, usually seen in noble and heroic roles, is nothing short of brilliant; with some luck, he should earn an Oscar nomination."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Denzel Washington delivers a remarkable performance in this enthralling and unique tale of a corrupt cop, completely transforming himself into an unexpectedly imposing threat."
‑ Andrew Manning, Radio Free Entertainment
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