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Based on 37 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A film of wounding power. It stays with you. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    While Dark Blue may not be easy to watch, it's exceptionally well made. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    There's at least one plot element too many here; let your own taste determine which one. Yet until it dissolves into conventional melodrama during a climactic fracas, this fast-paced story is never less than watchable. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Through it all, though, Kurt Russell gives Dark Blue a bleak integrity -- funny word, given the circumstances -- that almost serves as its redemption. show more

  • 12
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The movie heads in a disastrous direction: namely, a police academy ceremony... This lets-wrap-this-thing-up moment sucks the life and the honesty out of an otherwise compelling portrait of tainted lawmen, tainted law. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Creates a hellishly evil portrait of a police department in which every white cop is either a racist thug or an enabler, and every black cop a disgusted observer or crusading hero. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Dark Blue is one of those totally happy surprises that moves so quickly and curves so sharply that it leaves this era's hyped critical hits looking like beached whales. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Not a great movie, but it has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact. The characters driving through the riot-torn streets of Los Angeles provide some of them, and the savage, self-hating irony of Russell's late dialogue provides the rest. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It gains a major charge of dramatic energy from Kurt Russell's ferocious acting, almost certainly the best of his career. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Russell is the reason to go to the theater. He will continue to hold your attention when things around him -– like the storyline -– lose steam and credibility. show more

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