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Brooklyn's Finest

Thriller . Drama . Crime

Brooklyn's Finest takes place within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects in the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three policemen struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and wrong.

Actors: Ethan Hawke , Don Cheadle , Richard Gere , Will Patton , Brían F. O'Byrne , Shannon Kane , Michael Kenneth Williams , Ellen Barkin , Vincent D'Onofrio , Wesley Snipes
Directors: Antoine Fuqua
Country: USA
Release: 2010-03-05
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  • Roger Ebert

    The best things about Brooklyn's Finest are the one-on-one scenes. These are fine actors.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The title Brooklyn's Finest is drowning in irony, of course, but Fuqua's moves are less obvious: His film is classical and gritty, his violence makes you want to duck and run.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Hawke - continuing an evolution toward stronger, more intense acting than anyone might've predicted from him 20 years ago - drives the movie. He makes Sal a jangled, edgy presence, his conscience torn several ways.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Fuqua's portrait of Brooklyn is brutal and gritty; if only his characters were as vivid.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Sara Vilkomerson

    Mr. Gere is miscast as Eddie, too naturally regal in bearing to be the screw-up he’s supposed to be, and for a broken man, he still moves with the same confidence as his younger self did in "An Officer and a Gentleman."

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    This isn't the kind of film that will leave audiences in awe of clever writing. Rather, it will leave them thinking how much Fuqua wanted to make a movie version of "The Wire."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    An agreeably chewy, pulpy work of old-fashioned crime cinema, a fair bit overcooked and overlong, but worth catching for its acting, its atmosphere and its action set-pieces. Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    In a brief supporting role Meg Ryan is also fine along with Brian F. O’Byrne and Will Patton. Shannon Kane is memorable as the prostitute Gere hooks up with.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    To quote Yogi Berra, it’s déjà vu all over again.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • John Anderson

    It’s more like "Hamlet" -- the ending, at least, with enough blood and corpses to fill a housing project. The only thing missing is a point, which Fuqua circles for two hours without landing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Ellen Barkin provides unexpected diversion in a madwoman cameo as the PD's brassiest brass. But otherwise the clichés keep coming.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Joe Holleman

    In the end, audiences will be neither shaken nor stirred. Just bored and confused.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Cliff Doerksen

    If there were any more cops on the edge in this arrhythmic, ham-fisted crime drama, Brooklyn would need a bigger edge.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Good actors and a talented director doing what they can to bring the truth to a script that's mostly bogus.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    By turning Brooklyn's Finest into a morality tale, Fuqua lets the movie slip right through his undeniably talented fingers.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    What’s missing is the assurance of tone that a Lumet would provide.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Like Tango, Sal and Eddie, Mr. Fuqua and Mr. Martin dig themselves into a pulpy predicament, and then find themselves unable to do anything but shoot their way out. The movie is wounded, but it’s also too tough to kill.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A melodrama about three cliches in search of a bloodbath.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Melodramatic and laden with cop-thriller clichés, the story, set in one of New York's toughest precincts, is contrived and inauthentic -- and also grisly.

    USA Today Full Review
  • John Anderson

    The misapprehension about Brooklyn's Finest -- which was first shown at Sundance last year and has been heavily edited since -- is that it's a movie about police. It isn't: It's a movie about movies about police.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Each of the actors has strong moments but the relentless intensity becomes monotonous.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    At one sip per cuss word, though, few viewers will still be conscious for the ending, in which the three cops finally come to the same place, each for an entirely different but equally ridiculous reason.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    An old-style potboiler about desperate cops in dire straits that overcooks both its story and its stars.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Fine moments, images and performances stand cheek-by-jowl with the clichéd, the on-the-nose and the slightly dopey.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Brooklyn’s Finest does indeed provide a new genre twist. This must be the only cop movie ever made where a character is driven off the deep end by mold.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Here, due in large measure to a highly derivative screenplay, the director allows several reckless, unprofessional cops drive the movie into utter nonsense.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Filled with every cop-movie convention since the invention of gunpowder and curse words, Brooklyn's Finest is three movies in one, all of which you've seen before.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    Antoine Fuqua’s second-rate retread of his own "Training Day" is a bloated, multithread drama concerning three burnt-out cops at the end of their seemingly unconnected ropes.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    Fuqua tries to create the illusion of meaning by copycatting the style and techniques of better directors, but he can't save the naked emperor of the script.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Brooklyn’s Finest is mo’ wrong than right.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A crowded cast of some of the finest actors in the cinema act the hell out of a gimmicky, episodic, hit-or-miss script in Brooklyn’s Finest, Antoine Fuqua’s latest attempt to relive the glories of "Training Day."

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Whatever one may think of the overall style--I think it's ludicrous--Mr. Fuqua clearly wanted his film to be operatic, and so it is, in a tone-deaf way.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Simultaneously full of itself and full of sh--, Brooklyn's Finest is a cop movie so shallow, dumb, derivative and infuriating that it feels like a parody of bad cop movies.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
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