Brooklyn's Finest Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

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