Parents' Guide to

Brooklyn's Finest

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, demeaning police drama too dark for most teens.

Movie R 2010 125 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

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age 17+

Seriously depressing cop drama

This is not a fun movie. This is not an action movie. In fact, this just isn't a good movie in my opinion. The acting is alright, but the tone of the story and the results of the character's poor actions is just too much for young viewers. plus, where's the joy in watching this movie? Aren't we supposed to enjoy the movies we see? Unless you like very dark, gritty, realisitc crime dramas, I'd stay away. Far away! Thanks for reading! - Movie Man

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

The screenplay by Michael C. Martin is overcooked, with outsized emotions and nary any subtly or breathing room. But director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) adds some vivid gritty cityscapes and intense performances and mostly pulls it through. Some of the plot threads and details -- such as Eddie's intermittent drinking problem -- don't quite add up, but the overall tone and balance tend to smooth out such wrinkles.

The expert actors lend some genuine sadness and desperation to their parts, delivering the lines like a poetry slam. Fuqua gives the three stories equal weight, and none outweighs the other. But it's a long movie, and strange. It has a relentless, downbeat tone; on the one hand, it's a refreshing departure from standard Hollywood fare in which all characters must find redemption (and a throwback to gritty cop movies of the 1970s), but on the other hand, it feels rather hopeless and almost pointless. Audiences will no doubt be strongly split.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 5, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: July 6, 2010
  • Cast: Don Cheadle , Ethan Hawke , Richard Gere
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Overture Films
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 125 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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