Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn star in this 1940s chronicle of the LAPD’s battle with the East Coast Mob. Helmed by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. The story is based on fact, revealed in a series of LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman.

In late '40s LA, the ruthless, Brooklyn-born mafia king Mickey Cohen (Penn) wears the crown, spinning a fortune from drugs, guns, prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed on America's west coast. Despite doing so under the protection of his mob, aided by corrupt local police and politicians, a small crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Gosling), come together to try and bring Cohen down - prepared to do whatever it takes, even if that means going beyond the letter of the law.

2012Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language & sexual references112 minsUSA
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Financial Times

Financial Times

So catastrophically juvenile and style-fixated there is no detectable trace of any talent involved.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Flushes a classy cast... down the sinkhole of creative bankruptcy.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

A fusillade of bullets and cliches...

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Slick, sick, self-consciously stylish and defiantly shallow...

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New York Post

New York Post

A cartoonish 1940s shoot-'em-up that's impossible to take seriously.

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CNN

CNN

So superficial it practically evaporates before our eyes.

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We Got This Covered

We Got This Covered

Attempts to recreate mobster magic, but ends up fumbling into an endless amount of cliches and some horrid digital photography to boot.

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Variety

Variety

An impressively pulpy underworld-plunger.

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Total Film

Total Film

Sleek, stylish but superficial. Easy on the eye, even easier on the brain, it doesn't last long in the memory.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Would have been more fun as an animated feature, with fanciful animals in the principal roles.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

For all the guns and gore, it's as breezy and uncritical as a tale from the True Detective magazine that the cops can't help reading.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Little more than another Hollywood wannabe overshadowed by the legacy of "L.A. Confidential"...

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

A big waste of a lot of talent.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

These are good actors, but aside from Brolin and Gosling, they're barely given any special moments of their own to make their marks here.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Sean Penn's not been this fun since Jeff Spicoli and there's plenty of rip-roaring action, but proves a minor entry in the annals of LA noir.

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