Written January 13, 2013
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.
Written July 29, 2014
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 acting. I just got a little bored in the middle of it, started and ended really well, just runs a little longer than need be to establish their point. But not bad, if you like stuff like Sin City and Lawless, this should be right up your alley.
Written January 16, 2013
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 the weakest, he manages to keep close. Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Emma Stone easily carry this film. And the supporting cast is amazing!!! The story seems a little choppy at times like things were edited out for one reason or another, but if you're not expecting King Lear, this is a great night out!!
Written January 12, 2013
This is not my kind of movie but I went because my husband wanted to see it. Its violent and graphic and feels kinda like a western. BUT, the acting is fantastic-Sean Penn was born to play this role. He really should get an award for his performance. The chemistry between the 6 guys who form the posse in this film is wonderfully played by each character. Also Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are very good together and will always make for a great believable couple onscreen! The production felt very authentic and they should win an award for that as well because they did a great job-the clothes, the architecture, the cars, the train station scenes, the club sets, even how they smoke their dang cigarettes-..all of it very easily transports you back to the gangster era. If you liked Bonnie and Clyde from decades ago; you will like this even more : )
Written January 12, 2013
"Gangster Squad" is a well put together film with a great collection of actors, solid writing, good action and drama and nicely executed direction from Ruben Fleischer. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte and Sean Penn were great as the principle characters and Fleischer really did well in trying to make this period piece as convincing as possible. This movie doesn't go to such lengths compared to other gangster films such as "Goodfellas" but it was solid enough to see and enjoy. It is a very satisfying film.