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Brooklyn's Finest (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's appropriately gritty, and soaked in the kind of palpable tension Antoine Fuqua delivers so well, but Brooklyn's Finest suffers from the comparisons its cliched script provokes.

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Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida has discovered there's no line he won't cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence "Tango" Butler has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz, one of Brooklyn's most infamous drug dealers. When NYPD's Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, all three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn's gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals.

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Will Patton
as Lt. Bill Hobarts
Ellen Barkin
as Agent Smith
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Ronny Rosario
Shannon Kane
as Chantel
Wass Stevens
as Det. Patrick Leary
Armando Riesco
as Det. George Montress
Logan Marshall-Green
as Melvin Panton
Jesse Williams
as E. Quinlan
Jas Anderson
as K. Rock
Raquel Castro
as Katherine
Gwen Stith
as Myeisha
Stella Maeve
as Cynthia
Reilly Stith
as Myeisha
Bruce MacVittie
as Father Scarpitta
Robert John Burke
as State Trooper #1
Jerry Speziale
as Captain Geraci
Rodney "Bear" Jackson
as Suspicious Man #1
Cle "Bone" Sloan
as 'The Dragon'
Michael Pemberton
as Captain Jenkins
Zaire Paige
as Man Man
Alain Lautre
as Kid With Braids
Alain Lauture
as Kid With Braids
Alok Tewari
as Pakistani Man
as Student
Lela Rochon
as Investigator #1
Ed Moran
as Investigator #2
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Investigator #3
Leonid Citer
as Union Rep
Rosalyn Coleman
as Crying Mother
Paul Diomede
as Arguing Man
Diana Bologna
as Arguing Woman
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Critic Reviews for Brooklyn's Finest

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (60)

What gives this an extra star is Ethan Hawke: there are plenty of guns blazing in this movie but the real fire comes from his powerhouse performance.

August 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

All the actors are excellent in their portrayals of their characters.

January 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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Each actor, including Wesley Snipes as a fresh-out-of-jail ex-con, gives one of their grittiest performances in this gripping cop drama reminiscent of 2006's The Departed and 1991's New Jack City.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

the film's remarkable cast helps Fuqua bring his sprawling web of nastiness to another level

November 13, 2013 | Full Review…

Watching the dirty badges in this gritty urban tale lose their shine is absolutely riveting.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The drama doesn't just move between the three cops, it prowls between them, occasionally pouncing, and the film builds up quite a bit of tension.

June 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brooklyn's Finest


This hard and realistic thriller follows the fate of three New York cops: one of them has only one week left until retirement, one has been working undercover for years and the third is trying to make a cut to get his growing family out of a moldy house. Their paths only cross marginally, even up until the end, but they all have something in common: they are real human beings with flaws and no shiny heroes. The movie may take the pessimistic look on the job and what it makes out of men a tad too far, but it is still flawlessly acted and gets more exciting by the minute. In the end, only one of them is gonna make the right decision.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


I don't know why this was so universally bashed, it's really a great move and in many ways beats out its contemporaries like Crash. The main reason for that is fact that it doesn't have a single overbearing message that it's trying to convey for the entire movie, each character has their own message. I think Antoine Fuqua usually has a great style that he brings to his movies and this is a prime example of it. This often times has a visual style that mirrors each central character's tone, which I thought was pretty cool. Also, just from a visual standpoint Brookyln's Finest is extremely impressive. It reminds me a lot of The French Connection in that it has a realistic element that you can't quite put your finger on, but it's undeniably there. The story lines did a perfect job of intersecting; it wasn't obtrusive or cheesy, but gave you a feeling that this was just a massive city. The depiction of the police and criminals was really interesting; I liked that neither side was labeled as outright heroes or villains. (on a side note, I think it's hilarious that Richard Gere is rescuing hookers again). The core stories depend on individual decisions and morals rather that simple foreshadowing or having a plot that needs to go a certain direction. When the final climax finally hits, it's truly beautiful how everything works out. This is also strengthened by its performances; Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke all turn in extremely good performances. All of their characters are conveyed in a way that makes them feel like real people. The acting isn't overblown or drawn out for oscar season. Chances are, if you're willing to give this a chance, it'll probably be a really nice surprise.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

If this was finest, God forbid me from seeing its worst. Except for a single scene, the complete movie was boring to the core.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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