Above the Law
Above the Law (1988)

Directed by future Fugitive helmsman Andrew Davis, Above the Law is one of a handful of Steven Seagal films with an appeal extending beyond Seagal's hardcore fans. Making his feature film debut, the star plays a Vietnam… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Woefully short on originality, intelligibility and anything resembling taste.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the overstuffed narrative contributes heavily to the movie's eventual downfall...

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Seagal's best.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It contains 50 percent more plot than it needs, but that allows it room to grow in areas not ordinarily covered in action thrillers.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A jejune actioner that has pretensions of making a political statement about such things as drugs, smuggling and illegals.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

An artifact from way back when Steven Seagal was novel and therefore sort of cool.

Cathy Burke
United Press International

Above the Law has enough off-beat updates on the cops-and-robbers theme to at least make the film visually interesting most of the time.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...old-fashioned, nonstop violence from beginning to end, with subtlety out the window.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

above-average, and much better than Seagal's later efforts

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
sets the stage for what every other seagal film would be for me - entertaining and fun to watch, a guilty pleasure, although the same as every other film he has… More
Dean McKenna
This debut action film of karate expert Steven Seagel is fantastic and bloody tough in the cop thriller. Director Andrew Davis gives the movie style, pace, and… More
Khris N
After watching it again, I realised that there was more to this film than a typical Seagal flick. For starters, its his first major hit and it also set the… More
Tim Sigur
Steven Seagal could have been a good actor and this is proof.
Derek Daniels
Seagal's first starring role with a very impressive cast led by Blaxploitation-veteran Pam Grier as his long-suffering partner, Sharon Stone as his… More
Michael S
Classic Seagal.