(2002)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
83
Entertainment Weekly
Narc is as cop movie as a cop movie can be.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The investigation itself must remain undescribed here. But its ending is a neat and ironic exercise in poetic justice.
75
A no-bull throwback to 1970s action films. It zips along with B-movie verve while adding the rich details and go-for-broke acting that heralds something special.
75
This may be the most uncompromisingly raw police drama since "Across 110th Street," starring Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Patric and Liotta get the chance to do some heavy riffing on themes of honor, sacrifice, selling out and self-destructing, and the bleak, smeared world of drugs and violence is brought to the fore with feverish style.
75
New York Daily News
What could have been a run-of-the- mill story becomes a superb policier in the hands of writerdirector Joe Carnahan.
75
With such skilled filmmaking and committed acting on display, Narc is far more a score than a bust.
75
Miami Herald
An unusually vicious and unforgiving study of police corruption, Narc is a stylistic throwback to such classic 1970s cop dramas as "The French Connection" and "Serpico," with a 21st century helping of the old ultra-violence.
75
New York Post
Makes "Training Day" -- which was admittedly pretty tough -- seem like a Disney cartoon by comparison.
75
ReelViews
Without a hint of regret, the filmmaker freely borrows from such diverse sources as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, and the TV program "C.S.I."
60
To transcend cliché, movies like Narc need the passion of a heretic who can take stock characters with their stock predicaments and turn them inside out, the way Curtis Hanson and Quentin Tarantino do. Blood, guts and flash aren't enough.
25
Liotta's acting can't redeem senseless violence.

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