• Released
  • January 11, 2013
  • R , 1 hr 50 min
  • Drama
  • 3,890 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.

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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The best thing about Gangster Squad is how they got the 1940s accoutrements right.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Penn's over-the-top tirades and bullying threats are still there - it's a wild and woolly performance that isn't always as menacing as...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Made up of synthetics rather than whole cloth, this lurid concoction superficially gets by thanks to a strong cast and jazzy period detail,...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Instead of expanding their sights, Fleischer and Beall narrow them, into a repetitive and increasingly exhausting series of shootouts. By...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Josh Brolin plays the leader of the gangster squad as a kind of dedicated dunce, which is appropriate considering their clumsy antics. Ryan...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Gangster Squad is an almost movie. It's almost terrible. It's almost entertaining. But it's missing the shameless insanity of a wonderfully...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
In the last five minutes the film shifts gears and offers a tribute to law enforcement. But this tacked-on resolution is as sticky and fake...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Brolin and Gosling are both supposed to be playing World War II veterans who bring their knowledge of battle into the tough turf of the...
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Beall, a former LAPD cop, has written a script so devoid of feeling that the cartoons blur into thin line drawings, while what's been...
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This movie made my ears hurt. Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and James Ellroy could have turned this pulp into insinuating jazz. What's...
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Rated R | For Strong violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Very violent tale of LAPD's real-life war against the mob.
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