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21 Bridges Reviews

December 6, 2019
The problem with 21 Bridges is that it wants to take a stance, but seems entirely unsure what that stance should be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 25, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2019
Everything about 21 Bridges...is pure counterfeit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 22, 2019
It's the kind of role Gary Cooper used to play, albeit in a dusty Western town rather than gritty New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2019
A high-concept thriller with a ticking clock and a killer premise, though it doesn't totally deliver on that promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 22, 2019
One of the most entertaining and thoughtful American policiers in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2019
Boseman stands out per usual and also finds a way to elevate the material - in this case, a fairly standard cop movie.
November 22, 2019
Boseman carries off the drama with flair and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2019
What unfolds is a by-the-numbers cop thriller that, like last month's "Black and Blue," too easily falls into corrupt cop clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 21, 2019
Watchable though the One Good Cop formula has oft proven, it's shot through here with unearned self-regard - and turns acrid fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 21, 2019
There's strangely little urgency to the internal rhythms and pacing of "21 Bridges." It's not so much a ticking-clock thriller. It's more like: "Is this clock still working? Why didn't I get a digital clock?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2019
"21 Bridges" is well crafted enough to pass the time, but anything more than that is a bridge too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2019
Kirk, an Irish director whose credits include HBO's "Game of Thrones," keeps the action moving at a decent clip. Overall, though, the movie is as generic as its ersatz New York backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2019
It's a big, blunt, battering ram of a movie, but it's not dumb: The stunts are sharply executed, the actors unimpeachable and Paul Cameron's lively camera turns the streets of Philadelphia into a credible-enough Manhattan.
November 21, 2019
There are worse things you can do with your time than watch Boseman, Miller and Simmons for an hour and a half. Just know that "21 Bridges" is the kind of movie you'll forget five minutes after seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 20, 2019
Chadwick Boseman gets betrayed by his own cop thriller. There are 21 reasons not to see this limp, lame cop thriller - and not a single one to justify wasting your money on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 20, 2019
It's telling, though, that the biggest reaction at a preview screening came when one audience member punctuated a climactic scene with an amusingly timed "Wakanda forever!" But it shouldn't be solely about Wakanda forever, should it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2019
It's all just so average.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 19, 2019
Boseman, for his part, brings warmth to an outwardly chilly role and continues his usual high-caliber acting. But the only way he could save this script is with a pencil.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 19, 2019
"21 Bridges" will win no prizes for originality or twists. (It won't win any prizes for anything, to be honest.) But it's made well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2019
Dark, cynical, and nearly slick enough to disguise how stupid it is. Nearly.
November 18, 2019
Struggles to allow the cops to have some perspective in a forgettable thriller that is somehow both bloated and empty at the same time. (It's baffling how this is not a January or February release.)
November 18, 2019
A tense, splattery cat-and-mouse in the hardbitten tradition of countless cops-and-robbers thrillers before it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 18, 2019
More like 21 plot holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 18, 2019
This is a well-crafted, exciting movie, sometimes more impressive for maintaining those qualities in the face of an utterly unsurprising story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 18, 2019
Unlikely, far-fetched and downright preposterous events duke it out for bragging rights in 21 Bridges, 104 minutes of nocturnal big-city crime action that's amped up to a borderline ridiculous level of nearly uninterrupted violence.
November 18, 2019
"21 Bridges" wedges in a thrilling concept to an occasionally tense but largely predictable cop drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+