• Released
  • March 1, 2013
  • R , 1 hr 52 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Suspense/Thriller
The Sweeney Synopsis
A London action thriller, proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal.
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Critic Ratings

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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
A down-and-dirty genre picture that manages a couple of decent plot twists, a couple of passable car chases and two epic shoot-outs.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Don't look for The Sweeney to win any awards. It's not going to, not even close. But that doesn't stop it from being a briskly involving...
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60

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Simon Dennis’s photography is glossy and crisp, and a lengthy foot chase — making excellent use of the National Gallery — is inventively...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie has a certain integrity and creates an interesting atmosphere, largely thanks to the soundtrack, of all things, which gives most...
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
I don’t know how many sex scenes featuring Winstone and Atwell you can handle, but the movie breaches my limit, which is a firm zero.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

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Somewhere in the laundry list of clichés, there is a movie here that we have already seen and forgotten.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Fans of the gritty, era-defining precinct drama will bristle at how the program's realism has been replaced by a generic Tinseltown U.K....
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40

Village Voice

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The Sweeney—a new British police drama—feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990.
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25

Slant Magazine

Clichés abound, even in the look of the film, which toggles between post-Ritchie crime-violence burlesque and sleek, Nolanesque...
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25

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
Up until the very very end (which uncorks a CLASSIC cop cliché that seemed long dead by now), The Sweeney is straight dumb procedural, no...
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Rated R | For for violence and language throughout and some sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
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