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Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and -- if he has his way -- every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians he has under his thumb. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop... except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara and Sgt. Jerry Wooters, who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.
Action Drama Crime - While based on real-life organized crime figures and situations in
1940s Los Angeles, this is not a serious mob drama but more of a
lighter, popcorn action film. While the film is generally an
all-star ensemble piece, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn
most of the screen time. Language and violence make the film
inappropriate for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Gangster Squad provides a welcome burst of heat and color, even if those qualities are more illusory than real and subject to a fast fade.
Roger EbertFull Review Average It offers the marginal pleasure of an all-star cast slumming their way through a thicket of routine plotting, almost laughable dialogue and the constant blaze of tommy guns.
USA TodayFull Review Average An unconvincing tale and cartoonish contrivances make for a second-rate pulpy thriller.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 48 moviegoers:
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