S.W.A.T. (2003)

Samuel L. Jackson is a member of the special weapons and tactics unit in S.W.A.T., an action film from first-time feature director Clark Johnson. The disgraced Dan Harrelson (Jackson) puts together a team to protect a major drug lord… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 8, 2003
DVD Release Date: December 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A competent, but routine police thriller.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

By-the-numbers explosion flick -- no surprises.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

he high definition SWAT training footage resembles a US Army recruitment ad, appropriate since TV journeyman Johnson imagines downtown LA as an unpatrolled Baghdad, swarming with guntotin' mercenaries pursuing their share of the bounty.

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Patrick Bromley
F This Movie!

About as straightforward as action movies of this period get. I mean that in a good way.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Is there an actual character in S.W.A.T.? A plot? A single intelligent or exciting sequence?

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Need a dose of pulpy thrills, spills and kills? Just get on this irresistibly idiotic brawn-fest.

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Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

Solidly entertaining without being spectacular.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

There is something sneakily gratifying about all this.

Micheal Compton
Bowling Green Daily News

Despite all the explosions and pulsating music in the score, S.W.A.T. feels as dated as a 1970s TV series, making the end result a mildly entertaining but absolutely forgettable movie-going experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Kinda based on the American TV show but ultimately kinda not. Characters left out, new ones in, different ethnicity for the one member and turning one regular… More
<b>S.W.A.T.</b> has two people I love watching on screen. Samuel L. Jackson for his tough attitude and his smart-ass mouth and Colin Farrell. Well,… More
Wildaly M
Watchable. Suspend reality of course.
Film Crazy
I dont know why but i love this movie! Its action packed throughout and is just a typical action suspensful movie thats fun throughout to watch! Great cast,… More
Alex roy
S.W.A.T is a film that had the potential of being a terrific, mindless and well executed action picture that relies on every cliché to create something that is… More
Conner Rainwater
S.W.A.T. is a much better movie than it gets credit for. In terms of bring a t.v. show to life, it does a beautiful job. It trows these characters and basic… More