(2001)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
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.
80
Wall Street Journal
Training Day can be simplistic, formulaic and absurdly melodramatic -- but Mr. Washington is flat-out great.
75
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.
75
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.
75
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.
75
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.
75
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.
75
Miami Herald
Even if the movie loses its nerve at the end, that doesn't take anything away from Washington's performance.
70
Though Training Day doesn't resolve itself as well as it deserves and ends strictly cops-and-robbers style, it's given us some great acting and something to ponder. Not every cop show can lay claim to that.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Training Day has the best performances and worst third act of any movie you're likely to see this year.
60
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.
42
Entertainment Weekly
There's no denying that Washington can play a rococo villain with flip ebullience, but I fervently wish he were doing it in a movie that paid more than lip service to the real world.

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