Written January 25, 2015
Sean Penn just seems to get better and better. A great film - while not historically accurate it is a great story based on real events and people. Action packed. The soundtrack is excellent and to the period - I wish I had lived in the age of big band clubs. Enjoy!
Written July 28, 2016
This was a really entertaining movie and definitely spurred a great crowd experience in the theater! If you just want a great night to relax and be entertained this is a great movie for men and women of any age. I was really surprised at how funny it was yet still captured the enchantment and intrigue of all gangster/mob movies.
Written August 27, 2016
Vigilante brigade strives to rid Los Angles of its Jewish mobster, “Mickey Cohen”; a plastic caricature by Sean Penn. It is 1949 and a corps of terrific actors comprise the “squad”; they had to have had a riotous time making this “B” movie about lawless LA and cops gone rogue, cauterizing Cohen’s notorious cabal of amoral thugs. If you are in the mood for a “shoot ‘em up”, good versus evil scenario “Gangster Squad” satisfies the craving. This is the time of year when we are smothered with insufferable fluff; mindless violence (concur with filmmaker Charles Evered about the unnecessary, ubiquitous, “mushrooming of mayhem”) vampire mania, a plethora of exorcist candidates, taunting, crippling comprehension; escapism at the remedial level...
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!
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Written August 31, 2016
The film was good, very entertaining, definitely worth the time and money spent in the theater. The story was decent, there were a few holes in it, places where you question, couldn't they have done something other than that, but its almost one of those, you see the trailer you know whats gonna happen. There weren't really any surprises or amazing moments but it should have you on the edge of your seat for most of the movie. Sean Penn was great, Ryan Gosling was decent, he kinda sounded like "Micky Doyle" from Boardwalk Empire, but at parts the high-pitched accent was in and out.
Written February 11, 2016
Not a deep drama by any means; plot is thin and predictable. But a great action picture, just go along for the ride and be entertained, don't over think it.
Love the texture of the period for LA portrayed - clothing, architecture, the cars, etc.