21 Bridges

critic Reviews

53% Rotten Tomatometer Score53%
  • 21 Bridges covers its beat competently enough, but given its impressive cast, this cop thriller should be more arresting than it is.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The problem with 21 Bridges is that it wants to take a stance, but seems entirely unsure what that stance should be.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    There are topical moments here as the film toys with public perceptions of US police brutality. And Boseman proves, yet again, to be an easy leading man whose default setting is somewhere between smouldering interiority and outright charm.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Everything about 21 Bridges...is pure counterfeit.
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    Joseph WalshTime Out
    It's the kind of role Gary Cooper used to play, albeit in a dusty Western town rather than gritty New York.
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    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    A high-concept thriller with a ticking clock and a killer premise, though it doesn't totally deliver on that promise.
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    Glenn KennyRogerEbert.com
    One of the most entertaining and thoughtful American policiers in recent memory.
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    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines, IA)
    You know exactly what's going on by about forty minutes in, and none of the reveals are that illuminating. Yet, it still holds together well enough to keep things moving.
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    Víctor López G.Espinof
    [A] fast-paced thriller that evokes detective cinema from the 70s. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Casey ChongCasey's Movie Mania
    Veteran TV director Brian Kirk, whose credits include the likes of "Penny Dreadful" and "The Tudors", proves his worth with his lean and mostly tight direction.
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    Dan ScullyCinema76
    It's a lean, exceptionally paced thriller that doesn't leave enough time between action beats for the viewer to realize how dumb so much of it is. But that's fine.
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