Gangster Squad

15 Certificate

1hr 53mins

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Starring: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Nick Nolte

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

The plot: Boxer turned thug Mickey Cohen tightens his grip on 1940s Los Angeles to the dismay of police chief Bill Parker. In desperation, Parker approaches one of his best men, Sergeant John O'Mara, to establish a covert team of officers, who are willing not only to bend the law but also to break it in order to crush Cohen and his henchmen. O'Mara recruits his Gangster Squad and the scene is set for a battle royale between the cops and the hoodlums.

Orange movie-goers' reactions

  • " One of the worst films i've seen in a long time. How did such a painfully cliched and predictable script bag so many great actors? The directing is utterly unimaginative. Try Chinatown or LA Confidential instead." — dan, 36, N6
  • " fantastic film!! A real must see, one of sean penn's best films!!" — adam, 24, birm
  • " I loved this film Sean Penn is fantastic" — Shona, 36, Nottingham
  • " LOVED IT! A must see" — McT
  • " great film brilliant performances and great comedy action and script " — fraz , London

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"Sean Penn'a not been this fun since Jeff Spicoli and there's plenty of rip-roaring action, but Gangster Squad proves a minor entry in the annals of LA noir."

Digital Spy

"Accept the film on its own terms, as a period action thriller, and you'll walk away satisfied - assuming your every last nerve hasn't been jangled to jelly."

Total Film

"Typified by Penn's blustery performance, Gangster Squad is sleek, stylish but superficial. Easy on the eye, even easier on the brain, it doesn?t last long in the memory."

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