“While It's Not Quite The Movie It Wants To Be, "Brooklyn's Finest" Benefits Greatly From A Stellar Cast And The Director Of 'Training Day''s Undeniable Gift For Gripping The Audience.”
“Antoine Fuqua Returns To The Cop-genre Only To Direct A Poorly Written Script And Premise That Weighs The Film Down With An Abundance Of Cliches And Over The Top Situations, But The Film's Slow Burning Performances Are Able To Keep Things Afloat.”
“Brooklyn's Finest Not That "Fine"... (Little Spoiler Alert)”
“A Tale Of One City. A Tale Of Three Unconnected Men. A Tale Of Fine Story-telling.”
“It Seemed More Like A Reality TV Series Than A Film And That Is Because Fuqua Masterfully Told Three Separate Stories With Sal, Tango And Eddie Barely Intersecting In Each Other's Life.”
“Off The Wall, Maybe, But A Police Drama As Only Hollywood Can Do”
“Director Antoine Fuqua Scoops Up The Grime Off The Street And Slimes It On The Screen.”
“One Of The Best Cop Movies Of All Time...”
“"This Job Is Tough, Don't Take It Home!"”
Director Antoine Fuqua scoops up the grime off the street and slimes it on the screen.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
It's built of rigidly interlocking calamities, and the movie revels in the cartooniest details of street life.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The movie is wounded, but it's also too tough to kill.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
An ugly, fatuous, macho piece of self-regarding, self-pitying nonsense about New York cops.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It's good to see Snipes back on the big screen, and the scenes he shares with Cheadle are a highlight. But there's so much unremitting pain, such a constant string of calamities in the lives of all the players, that the dreariness overshadows the story.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
At no time will the viewer be under the impression that the performers are engaged in anything but a recycling project, regurgitating 50 years of corrupt-cop movies. Fuqua is striving for gritty street cred and instead delivers a clone.
John Anderson - Washington Post
Brooklyn's Finest is a billy-club sandwich: three separate cop dramas piled one on top of the other, separated by layers of dramatic cheese, and compressed until the condiments run together.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Filled with every cop-movie convention since the invention of gunpowder and curse words, Brooklyn's Finest is three movies in one, all of which you've seen before.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
The bravest ones let us in on certain truths about the profession even when they're unpleasant, and Brooklyn's Finest can stand proudly among them.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Whatever one may think of the overall style -- I think it's ludicrous -- Mr. Fuqua clearly wanted his film to be operatic, and so it is, in a tone-deaf way.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The problem for filmmakers trying to make this kind of movie is that they are now operating in a post-Wire world.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
The film has a basic strength in its performances and craft, but falls short of the high mark Fuqua obviously set for himself.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's a movie you truly want to like, because it reminds you of movies you did, most of them made by Sidney Lumet.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Director Antoine Fuqua has come a long way down since Training Day.
Cliff Doerksen - Chicago Reader
Fuqua's sucker-punch of a picture is taut noir of the first order.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The adventures are sometimes interesting; there are stirring, chaotic outbursts of violence. But yelling and shooting alone don't engage the imagination, and the domestic interludes verge on soap opera.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Tawdry, slick and self-consciously gritty.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Fuqua tries to create the illusion of meaning by copycatting the style and techniques of better directors, but he can't save the naked emperor of the script.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
Antoine Fuqua is a master of this kind of anxiety -- much like his acclaimed Training Day, there are moments so nerve-racking one is actually afraid to look directly at the screen.
Sara Vilkomerson - New York Observer
The performances are uniformly good, but Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua seems to lack the maturity as a filmmaker to match his casting or his budget.
John Anderson - Variety
Brooklyn's Finest may well have a future on cable as a drinking game. At one sip per cuss word, though, few viewers will still be conscious for the ending...
Kyle Smith - New York Post
You can see why the actors were drawn to this -- good characters, nice monologues, a few explosive scenes. But in keeping all of them happy and still making room for his own excesses, Fuqua loses any sense of pacing.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
There's nothing particularly original here in this grime-and-grit saga, but the weak material is elevated by the cast.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Christine Champ - Film.com
Any movie that ends on a freeze frame of Richard Gere walking stoically away from a crime scene teeming with police car lights can't be all good.
Jonathan F. Richards - Film.com
As directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is well-acted, occasionally hair-raising but ultimately made from stale material.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Fuqua develops the atmosphere with sufficient grit to generate a degree of narrative drive and momentum during the final 30 minutes but it takes an inordinate amount of time to get to that point and it's debatable whether the payoff is worth [it].
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Hugely implausible and relentlessly downbeat cop thriller lacks any sense of authenticity.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Other than a few dashes of humor managed by Hawke, the movie is relentlessly bleak and barbarous, Fuqua grinding viewers down through his cavemen-with-badges depiction of police work.
David Germain - Associated Press
Brooklyn's Finest is a cop movie so shallow, dumb, derivative and infuriating that it feels like a parody of bad cop movies.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Biblical trilogy bolstered by strong performances and a powerful message.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
An old-style potboiler about desperate cops in dire straits that overcooks both its story and its stars, with Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle and Richard Gere the main ingredients left stewing.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
An impressive and gritty cop drama with three strong leading performances.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Although Fuqua has already done this material, he is at least able to make some of it engaging, just not enough to recommend sitting through a runtime of over two hours to find it.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Paints with grimy authenticity a despairing, warts-and-all portrait of cops and criminals, turning the idea of the title on its head and then some.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Aaron Hillis - Time Out
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Dave White - Movies.com
Director Antoine Fuqua gives the well-trod material more room to roam than necessary but fails to shade it in anything but the drabbest law enforcement blue.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
While there is plenty going on here, however, the whole film smacks of deja vu.
- Future Movies UK
For all its powerful moments (of which there are many), it feels too calculated and pre-programmed in its downward spiral.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Not likely to go over too well with Mayor Bloomberg and his tourism bureau, is this tabloid cinema crooked cop thriller and ghetto housing project horror spree looking worse than an Afghan war zone on a bad day.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
It's played with considerable intensity -- by Hawke especially.
Tom Charity - Uncut Magazine [UK]
The drama doesn't just move between the three cops, it prowls between them, occasionally pouncing, and the film builds up quite a bit of tension.
Andrew O'Hagan - This is London
It is certainly the best film director Antoine Fuqua has made since he last traced the thin blue line with Oscar winner Training Day.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Fuqua has delivered his satirical masterpiece, a film that exposes every cop-movie cliche in the book by deploying every cop-movie cliche in the book, all the while -- and this is the genius part -- pretending that no-one has ever done this stuff before.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Although slick and occasionally tense, it's also downright predictable and occasionally boring. In fact, top Gere it ain't.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Strong direction and acting can't compensate for an insubstantial script.
Alice Levick - Little White Lies
This darkly shaded cop drama has an effectively moody tone, although it never feels any more gritty or realistic than a TV series. And despite solid acting, the plot feels both contrived and rather lethargic.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall