70

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
Like the best pulp, though, it gets its hooks into you faster than you can start to wonder why you should possibly care about what happens to any of its despicable characters, and, before you know it, you’ve been pulled deep into its Dantean vision.
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70

Variety

By Robert Koehler
The cop genre receives a shot of adrenaline in helmer Chris Fisher's Dirty, a no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
When the florid speeches of volcanic rage and frustration draw to a close - and when Collins and Gooding complete their acting exercises - we still have no clue who these men are and what sent them down their intersecting moral dark alleys.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Desperate-to-shock slice of sleaze life.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Crust
As good as the leads and the supporting cast are, and as much action as gets packed into the film's relatively brief running time, none of it draws us in dramatically.
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40

Village Voice

By Benjamin Strong
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins Jr. (excellent as Perry Smith in "Capote") habitually rise above their clichéd roles.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
"Filthy" may have been a better title for Dirty. The rough language is not just pervasive, as the MPAA's R rating describes it, it's assaultive. The violence is not merely "strong," it's incessant, sadistic and broadly unbelievable.
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20

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A facile exercise in nihilism posing as an indie "Training Day" with street cred. Don't believe it.
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10

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
The production values on Dirty are so painfully amateurish that it is often hard to determine what is happening. The cinematography is murky and shaky, the editing is dull and clumsy, and the sound recording isn't exactly pristine. Not that any of this matters when you have a script where every third word is scatological.
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0

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
An excruciating indie knockoff of "Training Day."
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37 out of 100
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