Gangster Squad 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dang That Gangster Squad

By Darkola
First off, I would advise anyone who read "critic" reviews to simply ignore them, as they gave this movie pretty bad reviews. I went with my wife today, expecting just an ok movie, but found myself...

Mickey Cohen Fan Fiction

By MedRed
Based on the trailer and the subject material, I assumed Gangster Squad would be a story driven mob movie. After noticing the sub 2 hour run time when ordering tickets, I realized it would be a lot...

excellent movie...

By agray10
Gosling and Brolin delivered really strong performances..I thought movie was just going to be a shoot em up gangster flick but the story is more deeper than that...Sean Penn gets a good nod as...


By kacihiggins
The character development is so rich, the setting, costumes, & make-up so authentic, & the fight scenes spine tingling & heart pounding! I want to see this over & over!!...

A Typical Gangster Movie

By big_screen_cowboy
Although I like visual period films that's about the only thing that set this movie apart. Halfway through the movie I told myself, "This is nothing special."....

Violent but Good !!

By Stokley
There is a great deal of violence in this film. Sean Penn did an amazing job as Mickey Cohen... he was a nasty, ruthless ******* who you wanted to be blown away all through the film. I loved Ryan...

The Critics judged this unfairly

By KrysieD
This movie was gruesome, entertaining, well-acted, etc. etc. There were actually some points when I was literally on the edge of my seat. Glad I didn't listen to the critics on this one....

Gangster Squad

By cquattrin
Excellent good guys/bad guys movie. More bullets than Predator. Violent but not too gorey. And who wouldn't love to see see Sean Penn get his face beat in?...

Better than I thought, but not great. Dont listen to Critics...ever

By starjowns
After reading some reviews that described a lot of action, violence and fun dialogue, I decided to go. I see why the critics panned it because I was actually enjoying it, a lot of action, great...

Fun night out

By zoberholzer
Gangster Squad is all out fun with incredible performances from most of the cast!! Personally I don't understand the draw of one of them, but I'm sure the Nicolas Sparks fans see it and while being...

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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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