Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

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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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Variety

Variety

press

An impressively pulpy underworld-plunger.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A big waste of a lot of talent.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0

I liked it! I went into the theatre expecting a lot of shooting and not much else, I got the shooting AND some real fancy camera shots and enough pace to keep me interested all the way through! Brolin is real good and Gosling is excellent as always!

3.0
0

In 'Gangster Squad', director Ruben Fleischer ('Zombieland') doesn't so much pay homage to Brian de Palma's The Untouchables' (1987) as rip it off wholesale. But where de Palma's movie was a loving homage and a brutal updating of the Warner gangster flicks of old, 'Gangster Squad' is a far less complex affair. Bad guy (an over-the-top and overly made-up...

3.0
0

Gangster Squad isn't anything extraordinary, but there's still lots of fun to be had. The cast is excellent. Sean Penn, one of the best reasons to see this, plays Mickey Cohen, the most feared gangster in Los Angeles. Josh Brolin also nails it as Sgt. John O'Mara, an honest cop who gathers a team to stop Mickey Cohen's crime wave and bring justice. I love...

4.0
0

So I went to this movie expecting the worst and I have to say it really wasn't that bad. Josh is a bad ass. Emma is hot. Ryan is hot. Sean is maybe a bit too Dick Tracy. Mireille is the same as she was in The Killing, and the rest of the cast were cool. Its not on the same level as the great gangster films of yester-year but its a more than ok action...

3.0
0

Loved the script loved the casting loved the costumes loved the special effects. Was expecting more gore and expecting an ending that was less cheesy but all in all I loved it and wish there was more gangster movies made, much more often!

5.0
0

***1.5 out of 5*** Wow...what the hell did I just watch? Not only does Gangster Squad leave you questioning exactly what type of film it wants to be, but its also ends up being a pretty damn appauling and very disappointing film. The thing I'm hearing a lot so far is 'it looked great, it really looked like 1949". OK, yes I agree the details from the...

1.0
0

Gangster Squad Very graphic and surprisingly like 'Avengers' in the begining on the recruitment drive. Wonderful actors Josh Brolin - the guy that played the young Tommy Lee Jones in MIB3 as the Squad leader, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, all played well and the 1949 sets, cars, dress were amazing, I felt this really put you in the scene. Liked the fast...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An impressively pulpy underworld-plunger.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A big waste of a lot of talent.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0

I liked it! I went into the theatre expecting a lot of shooting and not much else, I got the shooting AND some real fancy camera shots and enough pace to keep me interested all the way through! Brolin is real good and Gosling is excellent as always!

3.0
0

In 'Gangster Squad', director Ruben Fleischer ('Zombieland') doesn't so much pay homage to Brian de Palma's The Untouchables' (1987) as rip it off wholesale. But where de Palma's movie was a loving homage and a brutal updating of the Warner gangster flicks of old, 'Gangster Squad' is a far less complex affair. Bad guy (an over-the-top and overly made-up...

3.0
0

Gangster Squad isn't anything extraordinary, but there's still lots of fun to be had. The cast is excellent. Sean Penn, one of the best reasons to see this, plays Mickey Cohen, the most feared gangster in Los Angeles. Josh Brolin also nails it as Sgt. John O'Mara, an honest cop who gathers a team to stop Mickey Cohen's crime wave and bring justice. I...

4.0
0

So I went to this movie expecting the worst and I have to say it really wasn't that bad. Josh is a bad ass. Emma is hot. Ryan is hot. Sean is maybe a bit too Dick Tracy. Mireille is the same as she was in The Killing, and the rest of the cast were cool. Its not on the same level as the great gangster films of yester-year but its a more than ok action...

3.0
0

Loved the script loved the casting loved the costumes loved the special effects. Was expecting more gore and expecting an ending that was less cheesy but all in all I loved it and wish there was more gangster movies made, much more often!

5.0
0

***1.5 out of 5*** Wow...what the hell did I just watch? Not only does Gangster Squad leave you questioning exactly what type of film it wants to be, but its also ends up being a pretty damn appauling and very disappointing film. The thing I'm hearing a lot so far is 'it looked great, it really looked like 1949". OK, yes I agree the details from the...

1.0
0

Gangster Squad Very graphic and surprisingly like 'Avengers' in the begining on the recruitment drive. Wonderful actors Josh Brolin - the guy that played the young Tommy Lee Jones in MIB3 as the Squad leader, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, all played well and the 1949 sets, cars, dress were amazing, I felt this really put you in the scene. Liked the fast...

3.0
0