“Slow Paced For A Suspense...”
“Their City. Their Rules. No Prisoners.”
“Great Movie With Good Suspence.”
“Training Day Is Over Officer It Is Now Time For Street Kings”
“Konnichiwa. Konnichiwa. It Means What's Up. So What The Fuck's Up?”
“One Of Those Most Awesome Cinema Surprises!”
“Ties Up With L.A. Confidental!”
“L.A. Shield ”
“Nothing Special, But Good.”
“A Bloody Cop Thriller That Never Lets Up On The Adrenaline Or Surprises”
“The Modern L.A. Confidential”
“Cop Film Director Regular DAVID AYER Gets A Little Darker And Even Lets Loose A Little With Noir Twisted STREET KINGS.”
“This Movie Was Awsome!! ”
“I Was All Set For Lots Of Action; The Movie Did Not Deliver.”
“This Movie Is Awesome...but Not A Movie To Watch While Ur Doing Something Else It Is A Must Watch!!!”
“Best Movie Of The Year......so Far”
“Oh My Goodness... Could Not Have Been Better. Keanu Reeves, Forrest Whitaker, Terry Crews, Common, Chris Evans, Cedric The Entertainment, And The Game Are An Elite Cast To Remember.”
“Who Says Keanu Reeves Can't Act. Come On This Guy Makes Great Movies After Great Movies. Speed, Matrix, Street Kings. ”
“Too Painfully Obvious!!!”
“This Is Definitely Filled With Action!”
“Potent And Powerful, 'Street Kings' Is An Unlawfully Terrific Balance Of Solid Action And Strong Characters & Story”
The structure is in place -- the latticework of corruption -- only there are so many scurrilous men pulling strings that we might be watching a parade of nasty puppets, with Keanu as the chief wooden devil doll.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Street Kings is an absurd if accidentally entertaining potboiler, based on a story by James Ellroy.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
There's plenty of empty bravura, and Reeves is fundamentally blank and uninteresting.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Street Kings wastes a moderately intriguing premise by filling it with laughably cliched dialogue, one-dimensional characters and implausible turns of events.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
We see the big picture way before the characters do, and that pushes us right out of the movie and back into our seats -- the last place we want to be.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
[Director] Ayer appears to like the thrill of violence more than its philosophical underpinnings, so the movie is caught between the silly and the profound.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
After its cliched first scene Street Kings becomes an enjoyably tough, blood-splattered action drama that revolves around the one good cop at its center.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Street Kings is the cinematic equivalent of solid crime-genre fiction. It keeps the visual pages turning for a couple hours and navigates the dark corners of corruption and dishonor among men.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Street Kings has hints of Training Day and the subtle aroma of L.A. Confidential, two movies concerned with the moral ambiguity and compromised honor of L.A.'s finest.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
An anemic attempt to evoke the big, shiny action pictures of the late '80s and early '90s, the heyday of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, when Timothy Dalton was 007 and Clint Eastwood had fewer wrinkles and bigger hair.
Jim Emerson - Chicago Sun-Times
In Ellroy's original scenario Street Kings was a period piece, set in the 1990s just after the Rodney King riots. I wonder if it would've made more sense that way.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Another 'roid-raging dirty cop drama from David Ayer.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Much of the casting is dead-on, from Cedric the Entertainer as a street dealer to Jay Mohr as a slimy cop and Chris Evans as an earnest rookie who saddles up with Reeves' Ludlow for an ill-fated ride.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Street Kings wobbles increasingly as it runs along, beginning well, growing so-so and culminating in a preposterous here's-what-it-all-means confession by the main villain.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
If you've seen Training Day, you've seen Street Kings done better.
Tom Long - Detroit News
James Ellroy wrote the script; he also wrote the novel on which L.A. Confidential was based. If you're hoping for a similar intelligence, you're out of luck.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Pic itself is similarly conflicted, glamorizing gunslinging while crying foul over unnecessary force.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Like director David Ayer's previous movies (he wrote Training Day), Street Kings is about the joy of badass coppery.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Keanu Reeves tries his best to channel Denzel and Clint in Street Kings, a wild and woolly if also slack and silly bad-cops-kill-other-bad-cops thriller.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The movie belongs to Reeves, who at 43 is finally starting to look like an adult, with greater heft all round. He does Clint proud.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
That Ellroy delivers a crude, undistinguished script here is a pity.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
There's something cynical about Ayers' attempt to preserve Ludlow as a hero after scene upon scene meant to show, with heavy irony, how lawlessly he enforced the law.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Fast action combined with rock-solid characters.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The cliches and laughably hammy dialogue are scattered about just as liberally as the spent bullet casings in Street Kings.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Don't get me wrong. Street Kings clips along with brutal efficiency, but the plot that sets up Tom for a frame-up is, in critic parlance, a strain on credulity.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
There's only the spectacle of crooked dunces slamming against each other
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Devin Faraci - CHUD
A lot of reviewers seem to have disliked Street Kings because of its negative view of the LA police, and perhaps the country at large. That is not a problem for me.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Keanu Reeves' bad-boy cop Tom Ludlow may not play by the rules, but the film sure does.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
Brian Rentschler - ScreenRant
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A solid contemporary crime drama.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Everything here is predictable, from the tired plot whose revelations are deeply unsurprising to the gritty dialogue and casual everyday violence of the cops involved.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International
There is certainly something compelling in the film's ideas, but the way they're executed suggest that any true questions about morality and the law are just grist for the action mill.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Competent but fatally lacking in the element of surprise. [Blu-Ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
If you can forgive its stale dialogue, which at times seems so egregiously leaden that it might have been better suited to a Mad magazine parody, 'Street Kings' is a tense, aggressively absurd thriller.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
While military man turned director Ayer implicates our culture steeped in violence and the damaging effects of trained killing, whether by police or in war, he's assembled such a deplorable LAPD rogues gallery, it's hard to tell which one is the worst.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Ayer's rapid pacing and solid work by the cast distract us from the script's shortcomings.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Ellroy, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and Ayer share an interest in L.A. after dark, and they explore the city's neon-bathed streets with the glee of children in a funhouse, watching the distortions of everyday people in bent mirrors.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
I don't think there were really any bad scenes, but I found the overall film emotionally empty.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Granted, it doesn't revolutionize the cop genre, but it definitely does a solid job of entertaining for its runtime, and as a movie-watcher (and lover)...ain't much else that I can ask for than that.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
[In the] surprisingly engrossing 'Street Kings,' we are presented with cops who live up to our worst nightmare of excessive force.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The movie has a million flaws, but if you can look past them and enjoy a fun, gritty, violent, racist and entertaining dirty cop film, then you will have fun with it.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
Anyone looking for a good shoot-'em-up film should not leave the theater disappointed, but those seeking something thought-provoking might want to stay away.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
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