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The Sweeney

Rated R for violence and language throughout and some sexual content.

R In Theaters 03/1/2013 , 112min.
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Critic score based on 11 reviews

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Village Voice
The Sweeney—a new British police drama—feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
Fans of the gritty, era-defining precinct drama will bristle at how the program's realism has been replaced by a generic Tinseltown U.K. slickness. But regardless of whether you’re a longtime devotee or not, you’ll be left saying, “This is The Sweeney? I’ve been rooked.” Full Review
Gabe Toro
The Playlist
Up until the very very end (which uncorks a CLASSIC cop cliché that seemed long dead by now), The Sweeney is straight dumb procedural, no chaser. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Simon Dennis’s photography is glossy and crisp, and a lengthy foot chase — making excellent use of the National Gallery — is inventively choreographed. And if the villains are little more than fireplugs in balaclavas, the violence they provoke is satisfyingly vicious. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Don't look for The Sweeney to win any awards. It's not going to, not even close. But that doesn't stop it from being a briskly involving British crime entertainment of the old school. You've seen the type, and more than once, but the genre still has enough juice to take us for a ride. Full Review

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