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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    This is an ugly film, but with an undeniable allure. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If "The Godfather" movies were based on real gangsters and some of them were still around to talk about the good old days, they might be as fascinating as the characters in Billy Corben's documentary about the cocaine import business in 1970s Miami. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Although the movie doesn't exactly romanticize the period, the film still generates a twinge of pride in viewers who lived in South Florida during that time -- and lived to tell about it. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Cocaine cash financed Miami's renaissance, but the film never downplays the human cost at which that urban renewal was purchased. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    Cocaine Cowboys would be a great one-hour television piece. Unfortunately, it's a two-hour long documentary that recalls, in scrupulous, unnecessary detail, the rise and fall of Miami's role as the cocaine capital of America. show more

  • 50

    Cocaine Cowboys might work better as a miniseries for television; as it is, the two-hour running time is fatiguing and some of the later material gets lost in the onslaught. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    There are a couple of grams of interesting stories about Miami's drug traffic in Cocaine Cowboys, but the good stuff is cut with 50 kilos of cinematic baking soda. show more

  • 90
    K.J. Doughton Film Threat

    Traveling faster than a fat line of blow snorted from mirror to nose, Cocaine Cowboys is all rush and no crash. show more

  • 50
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    Before the cocaine economy, Miami was a sleepy seaside hamlet, a "virgin city" with a permeable border and largely unprotected coastline. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Cocaine Cowboys, which at times seems like it could have been edited by someone on coke, comes at you as a vast bloody river of underworld information. show more

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