88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Be warned: Though it's entirely justified by the story, there's a level of violence and brutality in Training Day -- that some terror-weary audience members may not care to cope with these days.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Training Day can be simplistic, formulaic and absurdly melodramatic -- but Mr. Washington is flat-out great.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Even when it falls back excessively on coincidence and contrived set pieces, even when it gushes irretrievably over the top in its final act, Washington makes Training Day sizzle.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie raises questions that are on plenty of minds right now, including whether and how much the rules should be bent to wage a war (in this case, on drugs) that cannot be won conventionally.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
It is so propulsive so much of the time, it almost looks as if it's going to go the distance. If Washington & Co. don't quite manage to bring it home, the getting there sure is something.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With its unflinching style, Training Day can be hard to sit through at times. But it's worth the discomfort for the adrenaline rush of the plot and Washington's compelling performance.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
So extreme is his mad dog behavior, indeed, that it shades over into humor: Washington seems to enjoy a performance that's over the top and down the other side.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Training Day has the best performances and worst third act of any movie you're likely to see this year.
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60

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
But this is Washington's show, his Scarface, if you will, and his smiling, seductive monster is a thrilling creation that gives Training Day all the bite it needs.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
There's no denying that Washington can play a rococo villain with flip ebullience, but I fervently wish he were doing it in a movie that paid more than lip service to the real world.
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70 out of 100
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