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A dynamic, Best Actor Oscar®-winning performance by Washington highlights this hard-hitting, compelling police drama. A veteran officer (Washington), who makes his own rules, escorts a rookie (Hawke) on his first day with the LAPD’s tough inner-city narcotics unit. Along the way, the rookie learns about his new partner’s immoral methods.
Reviews Counted: 155
Rotten: 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, April 09, 2008
Fresh: 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, December 30, 2006
Rotten: 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, February 09, 2006
Fresh: Good to see Denzel Washington get the meaty villainous role he deserves.-Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], February 03, 2002
Captured my attention completely...
One of the most exciting and riveting movies I have ever seen....Acting was superb..Bravo to Denzel and Ethan.
Reviewer: William S Review refers to DVD version