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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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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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...

OSCAR REEL!

By foreveraircalgal
THIS MAY BE A FILM REEL; YET. IT HITS HOME WITH NO-HOLDS-BARRED REALISM! WASN'T THERE (JUST 2YRS OLD); BUT, SURE FELT REAL! GREAT ACTING BY SEAN PENN, WITH RYAN AND JOSH HOLDING THEIR OWN. NOW I...

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...

INCREDIBLE!!!

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...

Entertaining

By susancharl
I really enjoyed this movie. The surprise was that many lines were funny. Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone were all terrific. I went to be entertained, and I was....

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 harpo-rider
Entertaining. Blood as hell (think "almost" Quentin Tarantino) Don't expect reality. Don't expect an accurate representation. Don't expect true emotion. However, if you like nonrealistic gangster...

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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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