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Narc

2002
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 45m
An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife... (imdb)
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Narc

2002
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 45m
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Rated 11 Dec 2019
60
38th
Joe Carnahan was on the precipice of making a good film with this dark thriller. Unfortunately for Joe, he's maintained a balancing act on that precipice with nearly every movie he's made.
Rated 02 Nov 2010
61
62nd
Gritty, dark crime thriller in the spirit of French Connection or more recently Training Day. It is a bit underwhelming, and seems more fitting as a TV series pilot, but nevertheless good cinematography, snappy editing and different twist of the story elevates this film above many similar films. I actually liked it more than considered classics I previously mentioned.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
91
93rd
Absolutely stunning debut from Joe Carnahan. Well written with superb direction, visual style and soundtrack. Ray Liotta is absolutely memorizing and I honestly believe this is his best performance to date. Amazing film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
94th
It's a really underrated, dark, frantic movie that features a few really great performances. I would seriously recommend it.
Rated 20 Oct 2012
80
69th
I feel like Carnahan kinda shanks the third act, and completely bottlenecks the film with massive reams of energy-sapping exposition. If he'd given the script a few more revisions he might have realised that the mystery could have been slowly revealed over the course of the film instead of shoving it all in the mouth of Busta Rhymes. The first two acts are beautiful and compelling, and then he explains everything, and you're not really left with much to think about.
Rated 15 Jun 2010
8
79th
No holds barred crime thriller that plays off its characters with great effect. Keeps you guessing and Carnahan did a solid job of making you change your emotions towards everyone entangled in the story.
Rated 13 Jun 2023
52
40th
A very over-rated film, I gave it two watches and agree that Liotta and Patric do a great acting job with a very imbalanced story. If they spent 15 more minutes developing the story instead of focusing on the intro and family life so much, or just stretched the length, the movie would have more potential.
Rated 05 Sep 2010
54
70th
#00s(e)#, reviews, story, R Liotta.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
68
65th
I didn't think the story was all that amazing, but I did enjoy both Patric and Liotta's performances.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
35
90th
"Carnahan works with a rough-hewn classicism that recalls the tenacity and resilience of Hollywood in its glory days." - Chuck Rudolph
Rated 29 Oct 2010
45
47th
Nice performances yet ordinary story.
Rated 14 Jul 2011
62
16th
Other then the good performances from the two leads this is a by the numbers police procedural that does nothing original or all that exciting.
Rated 12 Jul 2012
76
57th
75.750
Rated 03 Sep 2013
70
54th
Fast paced 'conspiracy theory' crime movie with some pretty amazing action scenes! Patric (why is he not in more awesome movies??) and Liotta were awesome!
Rated 10 Jan 2014
68
27th
It starts out completely abysmal and depressing, but as it develops it becomes more...well, abysmal and depressing. But if you can manage to follow the story amid the shaky camera and constant screaming, the last half hour serves as a very strong conclusion.
Rated 31 Aug 2014
70
77th
Narc is a no-nonsense cop drama about a couple of bad police officers who are very good at their jobs. It's stylistic, it's tightly plotted, it has a great understanding of the consequences of taking a high-pressure job, and it works as a drama about these two people and their case -- even more so than it does as a thriller about solving exactly what happened to the deceased undercover cop. This is a good movie and one that I think is worth checking out.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
80
80th
The otherwise ordinary police tale feels impressively fresh and original in Carnahan's inventive direction. A gritty cop thriller has seldom been this sensual.
Rated 07 Apr 2015
5
44th
Admittedly, I'm very poor at guessing these plot twist whodunit type movies but this one it was incredibly obvious what was going on. Feels like another one of the many Training Day knockoffs but doesn't have that one great scene to really elevate it to another level. Also, these movies and the stupid pointless love subplots are getting so old. What was the point of Jason Patric's wife in this? She's leaving you? WHO CARES. No one plays angry like Ray Liotta. Shame he got fat
Rated 16 Jun 2015
6
60th
The gritty/gloomy atmosphere is great, and the actors are really good. I couldn't get too much into the story sadly, and expected most of the plot twists. Decent movie, good cinematography.
Rated 25 Jun 2015
86
33rd
Better than it should be.
Rated 13 Oct 2020
75
71st
This is very hard core cup movie. Its set in Detroit but without Axel Foley and his shenanigans. Jason Patric and Ray Liotta performing very well and whole movie is intriguing. Only mishit is Nick Tellis's past. Cop can be dedicated and caring even without tragic past.
Rated 16 Jan 2021
80
73rd
With the tone of similar film subjects of the 1970s, Joe Carnahan's acclaimed and forgotten early 00s film holds up as well as those classics. I am not in love with the desaturated and shaky cam aesthetics that others seem to enjoy, but the meat of film if in the two great performances by Patric and Liotta. They do a phenomenal job at portraying completely broken men in this dour story.
Rated 27 Jan 2022
57
15th
Jittery camera-work and jagged editing go some way to adding to the atmosphere of corrosive corruption in Patric and Liotta’s world, but there comes a point when the style overwhelms the story and begins to hamper it, with the film becoming relentlessly ugly and unpleasant, leading to a final act which awkwardly and laboriously tries to tidy up its knotty tale. Worth watching for Liotta, who is on fire as the brutal hot-head; Patric struggles to make a mark with the more passive, reactive role.
Rated 11 Feb 2007
80
95th
Excellent.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
75
79th
Strong drama/thriller with great performances
Rated 04 May 2007
3
38th
Succeeds mostly through a generous application of grit.
Rated 15 May 2007
80
34th
for Tommy Vercetti
Rated 11 Jul 2007
86
62nd
Not for the faint of heart...
Rated 07 Aug 2007
78
73rd
Gripping, dark and well thought out, with impressive performances by Patric and Liotta. Just don't expect an action thriller.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
68th
A cop movie filled with twists and nobody plays by the rules.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
76th
A gritty and brutal cop movie. Heads and shoulders above the rest of it's kind.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
One mean motion picture. A gritty cop drama.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
77th
A nasty cop thriller. Twist after twist till it's grueling, outrageous, infuriatingly good ending. Only flaw, we've all seen this before. Joe Carnahan is a real talent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
78th
Fantastic raw and gritty cop drama. Excellent acting with a story that will hook you in.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
49
8th
Dumb, predictable, boring.
Rated 17 Jan 2010
88
72nd
Jason Patric and Ray Liotta are at the top of their games. Their portrayals of two worn out police officers were intense. This film was a nasty look into the world of undercover narcotics officers. None of these people managed to keep their hands clean over the years. Easily one of the best developed films, with powerful and moving dialogue I have watched recently. No glorification of the drug underworld and what these guys do, they were human and their flaws were on display. A captivating film.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
75
89th
Masterfully directed, very well written and acted out movie. Stands the test of time and has one the greatest movie openings of all time.
Rated 12 Nov 2007
2
21st
For the most part, I thought this was pretty unremarkable. The first half, full of ambiguous character development, is boring. The second-half is a bit more intense, but the end feels like sort of a cop-out.
Rated 12 Feb 2008
87
92nd
You see what happens when you try Hollywood/Liotta ? Not perfect by any means but just superior to about 80% of the time-waster balls that gets pushed out these days. I amend may the score (and this review) when I am in a better mood about shitty buck chasing films, but for the moment this'll do.
Rated 26 Apr 2008
90
91st
Feels more like a modern elegy - noir-like in tone - than a tough, badass cop-thriller. We're talking relativism, grave images and grave characters. I've seen it five times or something now, and it doesn't lose its power.
Rated 15 May 2008
85
72nd
Crushing performance by Jason Patric. Another grim depiction of Detroit . . .
Rated 07 Jul 2008
80
35th
A modern day 'French Connection', and well though out police drama that is as gritty and near to the bone as 'The French Connection' was back in the 70's. Ray Liotta is on top form as the passonate, morally dubious Henry Oak; a cops cop though a bit of a liability, while Jason Patric perfectly balances Liotta's renegade dectitive with his haunted and suspended narcotics officer.
Rated 10 May 2009
85
96th
One of my absolute favourite cop movies. Its so dark, hard to the bone and gritty as it can be. Extremely underrated on IMDB. While Patrick perform fantastic, Liotta plays his best role of his career. A must see! (dont bring your girlfriend to this one)
Rated 08 Jun 2009
63
35th
Decent action-thriller, and it was nice to see Jason Patric again(did he do anything between this one and Speed2?).
Rated 13 Aug 2009
70
34th
I like the grimy feel and the pre-titles sequence is intense as hell, but the movie slowly unwinds into another twist and turn corrupt-cop fest. Nothing terrible, but nothing particularly engaging either.

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