100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Dark Blue is one of those totally happy surprises that moves so quickly and curves so sharply that it leaves this era's hyped critical hits looking like beached whales.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Goes where all too few films dare to venture these days -- into the heart of moral darkness.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
While Dark Blue may not be easy to watch, it's exceptionally well made.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A film of wounding power. It stays with you.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not a great movie, but it has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact. The characters driving through the riot-torn streets of Los Angeles provide some of them, and the savage, self-hating irony of Russell's late dialogue provides the rest.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In the end, the problem with movies like Dark Blue is that they willfully ignore the systemic, historical, cultural, and class causes of racism in favor of pinning it all on a few bad apples. Sure, that's entertainment. It's also a lie.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
There's at least one plot element too many here; let your own taste determine which one. Yet until it dissolves into conventional melodrama during a climactic fracas, this fast-paced story is never less than watchable.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Through it all, though, Kurt Russell gives Dark Blue a bleak integrity -- funny word, given the circumstances -- that almost serves as its redemption.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Creates a hellishly evil portrait of a police department in which every white cop is either a racist thug or an enabler, and every black cop a disgusted observer or crusading hero.
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12

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The movie heads in a disastrous direction: namely, a police academy ceremony... This lets-wrap-this-thing-up moment sucks the life and the honesty out of an otherwise compelling portrait of tainted lawmen, tainted law.
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57 out of 100
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