Training Day
Training Day (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 5, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The ending may be less than satisfying, but Denzel Washington reminds us why he's such a great actor in this taut and brutal police drama.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Sophie Gorman
The Herald (Ireland)

An extraordinary [Denzel] Washington dominates the film.

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Time Out

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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Training Day is a tense, polished, well-made action thriller that suffers from bad timing.

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Mikel Zorrilla

'Training Day' is still a very interesting thriller where Denzel Washington truly shines just as the lucid but equally necessary and inspired work of Ethan Hawke. [Full review in Spanish]

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Paul Clinton (

As usual Washington is astounding. He grabs the screen like a vise and never lets go.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great performances, but for adults only.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
American cinema at his best. One of the best and clever films ever made.
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Ethan Hawke plays a rookie cop looking to make detective by becoming part of Denzel Washington's narcotics task force. But is he teaching the rules of… More
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Albert Kim
Denzel's performance is absolutely riveting. Every scene he's in, he's got the audience captivated. The East-LA, gritty gang setting is revealing… More
Jens S.
This cop thriller spans over not much more than 12 hours of tough, gritty and morally grey work in the ugly parts of LA. Between drug addicts, dealers and gang… More
Josh Morris
Training Day is a gripping thriller, despite the fact that it trades in rusty corrupt cop and film noir cliches, plus a wack of borrowed scenes from other… More