S.W.A.T. (2003)

Samuel L. Jackson is a member of the special weapons and tactics unit in S.W.A.T., an action film from first-time feature director Clark Johnson. The disgraced Dan Harrelson (Jackson) puts together a team to protect a major drug lord… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 8, 2003
DVD Release Date: December 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A competent, but routine police thriller.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A rigmarole of stranded clichés and thrill-free action-movie legerdemain.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

By-the-numbers explosion flick -- no surprises.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

he high definition SWAT training footage resembles a US Army recruitment ad, appropriate since TV journeyman Johnson imagines downtown LA as an unpatrolled Baghdad, swarming with guntotin' mercenaries pursuing their share of the bounty.

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David Edelstein

The director, a TV guy named Clark Johnson, doesn't shoot action very well, which is sort of a handicap.

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Michael Dequina

Never quite rises above the level of merely watchable.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

There is something sneakily gratifying about all this.

Charles Taylor

You can't get mad at it -- except for the two hours of your life it steals from you.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Is surely flawed, but in the end manages to work well as action entertainment...

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Kinda based on the American TV show but ultimately kinda not. Characters left out, new ones in, different ethnicity for the one member and turning one regular… More
<b>S.W.A.T.</b> has two people I love watching on screen. Samuel L. Jackson for his tough attitude and his smart-ass mouth and Colin Farrell. Well,… More
Wildaly M
Watchable. Suspend reality of course.
Film Crazy
I dont know why but i love this movie! Its action packed throughout and is just a typical action suspensful movie thats fun throughout to watch! Great cast,… More
Alex roy
S.W.A.T is a film that had the potential of being a terrific, mindless and well executed action picture that relies on every cliché to create something that is… More
Conner Rainwater
S.W.A.T. is a much better movie than it gets credit for. In terms of bring a t.v. show to life, it does a beautiful job. It trows these characters and basic… More