80

New York Daily News

After its clichéd first scene - a solo LAPD officer battling a well-armed gang of thugs - Street Kings becomes an enjoyably tough, blood-splattered action drama that revolves around the one good cop at its center.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
"Kings" covers familiar territory but does so with ruthless efficiency, intense performances and a densely packed plot designed to highlight the moral issues that most concern Ayer and Ellroy.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's a lot to appreciate in Street Kings, a tight, propulsive action thriller, but there's one thing to marvel at, and that's James Ellroy's command of story.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A wet, red chunk of pulp that knows what it is and doesn't care.
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63

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The picture may feel more than a little familiar, but Ayer knows how to cook up intense setpieces, and Reeves keeps getting better at the weary hero role he continually gravitates toward.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Street Kings is nonsense, and yet the crooked, racialized world underneath the soulless mayhem is pretty fascinating.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Despite the predictability of the overall story arc, there's suspense and tension to be found between the credit sequences, but the movie is saddled with an ending that is both improbable and borderline insulting.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Every so often, Keanu Reeves' robo-voiced blankness serves him well, but when he has to play a pulpy, tormented demon-saint, scraping up insults and spitting them out like bullets, he's like the host of an infomercial doing an impersonation of a badass.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The acting? Common and the Game score as baddies, but Hugh Laurie as an acid-tongued internal-affairs cop is disappointingly just House without the limp.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Wastes a moderately intriguing premise by filling it with laughably clichéd dialogue, one-dimensional characters and implausible turns of events.
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55 out of 100
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