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Spenser Confidential (2020)

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Critic Consensus: While the buddy cops at the center of Spenser Confidential are plenty affable, the comedy never arrives as this half-hearted vehicle goes purely through the motions.

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Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) -- an ex-cop better known for making trouble than solving it -- just got out of prison and is leaving Boston for good. But first he gets roped into helping his old boxing coach and mentor, Henry (Alan Arkin), with a promising amateur. That's Hawk (Winston Duke), a brash, no-nonsense MMA fighter convinced he'll be a tougher opponent than Spenser ever was. When two of Spenser's former colleagues turn up murdered, he recruits Hawk and his foul-mouthed ex-girlfriend, Cissy (Iliza Shlesinger), to help him investigate and bring the culprits to justice. From director Peter Berg, SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL is an action-comedy co-starring Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron and Post Malone. Inspired by Robert B. Parker's Wonderland, a best-selling novel by Ace Atkins.

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You don't need to remember the '80s private-eye series Spenser for Hire to enjoy this witless, charmless Mark Wahlberg Netflix movie. All you need is a general lack of discernment.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

An ending that teases the possibility of sequels, with Wahlberg's Spenser tackling more cases of police officers and emergency personnel who have been falsely accused of crimes, should elicit nothing but groans.

March 10, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

There are many things to like about Mark Wahlberg as an actor, but he's not very good when his characters have to put their thinking cap on.

March 9, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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"Serviceable" is probably the most complimentary term I can come up with.

March 8, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's an action-comedy-mystery-thriller that manages to spectacularly fail at all the above, an algorithmic abomination that's as coldly constructed as it is clumsily made.

March 6, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

There's almost nothing about this ultra-disposable programmer that doesn't feel derivative to the point of self-parody.

March 6, 2020 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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