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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 60
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    But this is Washington's show, his Scarface, if you will, and his smiling, seductive monster is a thrilling creation that gives Training Day all the bite it needs. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    It is so propulsive so much of the time, it almost looks as if it's going to go the distance. If Washington & Co. don't quite manage to bring it home, the getting there sure is something. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    With its unflinching style, Training Day can be hard to sit through at times. But it's worth the discomfort for the adrenaline rush of the plot and Washington's compelling performance. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Training Day can be simplistic, formulaic and absurdly melodramatic -- but Mr. Washington is flat-out great. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Training Day has the best performances and worst third act of any movie you're likely to see this year. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The movie raises questions that are on plenty of minds right now, including whether and how much the rules should be bent to wage a war (in this case, on drugs) that cannot be won conventionally. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Be warned: Though it's entirely justified by the story, there's a level of violence and brutality in Training Day -- that some terror-weary audience members may not care to cope with these days. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    So extreme is his mad dog behavior, indeed, that it shades over into humor: Washington seems to enjoy a performance that's over the top and down the other side. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This is a movie that rocks and socks you, and has a performance by Washington that's ruthless and scary. But in the end, it leaves you unmarked. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Even if the movie loses its nerve at the end, that doesn't take anything away from Washington's performance. show more

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