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The Sweeney

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure


Tearing up the streets of London, THE SWEENEY is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    46%
  • Audience Score
    45%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    46%
    reviews counted: 12
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  • Audience

    45%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's Winstone who keeps 'The Sweeney' on the right side of duff.

- Dave Calhoun, Time Out, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rotten: Regardless of whether you're a longtime devotee or not, you'll be left saying, "This is The Sweeney? I've been rooked."

- David Fear, Time Out New York, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fresh: Mr. Winstone chews on this Cockney cops-and-robbers caper with foulmouthed glee.

- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Pretty damn good, maybe not as good as the original series but well worth a watch.

- stuartb1234, Wednesday, January 9, 2013

3 stars

Absolute, cracking stuff, Guv'nor!

- Lemure, Thursday, April 11, 2013

3 stars

I've never really watched the original British TV series so I can't compare it to that. I realise that Love has tried to update the original premise and kept the two main characters (Regan and Carter) but apart from that I suspect that not much else is the same. However as a stand alone British crime thriller there are some good things here, not least a great shoot out/chase sequence through Trafalgar Square. Winstone is, as always, a very watchable screen presence as Regan (although I didn't buy his relationship with Atwell) and Drew is fine as Carter but there was nothing here I hadn't seen before and I wasn't particularly keen on the tactics and attitude of the Sweeney team. Love seems to suggest that we need coppers like this to get the job done but that doesn't sit well with me. If I just few it as a straightforward thriller though I found it quite enjoyable.

- sayers1977, Saturday, December 15, 2012