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The Sweeney

This update of the 1970s cult hit series follows members of the Sweeney Flying Squad, London police officers who often bend the law to get results. Led by partners Jack Regan and George Carter, the Sweeney hunts down a dangerous robber on the loose.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 46%
Critics' score: 46   Audience score: 46   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

[It] feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990. full review

Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice

Based on a '70s British program, this is a bombastic effort that, while not successful, is still as bracing as a cold pint. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

Winstone is, as always, perfectly believable as a tough guy and after a slow start - due, somewhat, to American ears adjusting to those problematic accents - the film hits a groove. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Maybe it worked in the '70s; it's too worn to work these days. Ray Winstone needs to find better rocks to chew on. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

The movie blithely repeats most of the cliches of the American badass-cop flick, only in impenetrable Cockney. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

This might just be a British thing that we don't understand - literally. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Mr. Winstone chews on this Cockney cops-and-robbers caper with foulmouthed glee. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

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

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

[Winstone] radiates such a threatening vibe that he doesn't have to say a word to make your hair stand on end. And his grim, glowering work in "The Sweeney" ranks up there with his best. full review

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times

Somewhere in the laundry list of cliches, there is a movie here that we have already seen and forgotten. full review

Omer Mozaffar, Chicago Sun-Times

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

David Fear, Time Out New York

It's Winstone who keeps 'The Sweeney' on the right side of duff. full review

Dave Calhoun, Time Out
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 112 min
  • Available From: Jul 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 505 people
Directed By
Nick Love
Cast
Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh, Paul Anderson, Alan Ford, Damian Lewis, Allen Leech, Mark Killeen, Kara Tointon
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