Gangster Squad
Gangster Squad (2013)

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and-if he has his way-every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 11, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it's stylish and features a talented cast, Gangster Squad suffers from lackluster writing, underdeveloped characters, and an excessive amount of violence.

Tom Charity

Gangster Squad looks the part, but it's so superficial it practically evaporates before our eyes.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall can't decide whether to make a spoof or a serious drama, so they wrongheadedly attempt both.

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Jason Bailey

Those who are calling it shallow and cartoony and clichéd are missing the point. It is all of those things, purposefully - gleefully, even.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Some of the clothes and makeup feel as glossy as paint, but, those aside, we seem to browsing through a display of secondhand goods.

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Richard Roeper

Gangster Squad" is a highly stylized, pulp-fiction period piece based on true events.

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J. Olson

Visually? Sure, it's impressive. But on all other fronts it leaves nothing but a couple muddy footprints and a signpost of misplaced potential.

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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post

It might sound like a stretch, imagining Penn playing that intense, indiosyncratic a villain. But the lauded, veteran actor pulls a left hook, then a right, and after a wild bodyshot at the tail end of the film, you see the true mania behind his eyes.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Despite a cast of gifted actors, lush 1940s production design and suave costumes, it's bereft of inspiration, plowing familiar terrain past the point of tedium to impatience.

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Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online

Okay, so maybe nobody expected Gangster Squad to be in the league of, say, Chinatown or L.A. Confidential, but even on the level of pure, bullet-spattered fun, this thing is so vaporous that it slides out of memory even while you're watching it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Jon Lantz
This film just confirmed for me not to always listen to Rotten Tomato's reviews. The reviewers seem to feed off each other lately and not make reviews for… More
Clintus Maximus
I loved this based-on-a-true story American good vs. evil saga. Reminiscent of The Untouchables and LA Confidential, this gritty, stylish film is more… More
Jens S.
While the characters remain a tad underdeveloped, it is still fun to watch them take on Sean Penn as brutal mobster in 1940s LA. The squad consists exclusively… More
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Eugene Bernabe
The direction is visually compelling and true to its time but the film doesn't have enough bullets to obtain this mob/gang/undercover police drama as a… More
Phil Hubbs
Fedoras on, lock n load those tommy guns. So you have the new 'Die Hard' film or this, what's it gonna be? the choice is obvious, take a hike… More