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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What we have here is a model for the paint-by-numbers, perfectly generic, proudly soulless summer action flick. An original idea would die for lack of oxygen in S.W.A.T. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    SWAT is better than "Gigli," but so is most outpatient surgery. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    By the time you've given up guessing whether S.W.A.T. wants to be a half-serious action pic or just affably jokey, its storytelling has turned so ludicrously melodramatic that it doesn't matter. show more

  • 10
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Looks like the deformed spawn of a development process gone awry. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Directed by Clark Johnson in an efficient and occasionally exhilarating style that points to the Emmy-winner's TV cop-show pedigree ("Homicide," "The Wire," "NYPD Blue"). show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The standout in the cast is James Todd Smith, whose acting talent may soon persuade him to shed his adolescent stage name of LL Cool J and concentrate on mainstream film roles. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Noisy, standard-issue cop actioner. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the best cop thrillers since "Training Day." show more

  • 63
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The strongest parts of the film aren't these money shots, but the buildup to the gunplay. show more

  • 50
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    S.W.A.T. boasts the kernel of a good idea - but it gets buried in the chaff of half-baked plot threads, partly realized characters and unstructured pandemonium. show more

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