Written November 28, 2015
Penn was great but the rest of the cast was simply not believable. Not tough guys- soft spoken wimps with guns. Too bad, great story poor execution.
Written November 30, 2015
Sean Penn gives a spectacular performance as a mob boss. This film is based on true events when the mob tried to take over L A in the late 1940's. The acting was excellent throughout the film and the storyline good. Two things to be aware of is a high dead body count and excessive cussing, including both the F and C word. I realize that the language fits the rolls of the stories content; but you should beware of it. I would still say go and see this film if only to see Sean Penn's performance.
Written May 29, 2016
The movie is very slow and I dont think any gangster movie is going to come glose to scarface but.It has its moments and if you lioke the 50's then its good but if you dont then just stay home or rent it.
Written July 23, 2016
Gangster Squad is nobody's idea of Oscar fodder, but it met my needs perfdectly. I loved the period architecture, music, slang, and atmosphere. Was the violence over the top? Certainly, but not inaccurately so. I went to see this movie as pure escapism, and it hit the mark perfectly.
NOT recommended for the squeamish or the historical accuracy nitpickers.
Written December 27, 2014
Although critics will probably rip this film apart for being too original, you should still see this movie. Josh Brolin is excellent! I appreciated the character development. The ending was awesome. Of course, Ryan Gosling never disappoints. The cinematography was neat. I think they could've chose a better female to play Emma Stone's part, but all in all - go see it.