Dirty

2006

Dirty

Critics Consensus

Dirty is an unoriginal L.A. cop drama that wears its tired influences on its sleeves.

21%

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42%

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In a city ravaged by violent crime, the police department's anti-gang task force uses any means at its disposal to get the bad guys off the streets, with cops often acting as judge, jury and executioner. As the unit's self-justifying brutality and corruption spiral further out of control, gang member-turned-cop Armando Sancho begins to question the life he and his partner Salim Adel have chosen. So when Internal Affairs agents investigating the division's abuses offer him a deal to come clean about the unit's misdeeds, Sancho must decide whether to heed his conscience or his loyalty to his fellow officers. On the hot, smoggy day Salim and Sancho are scheduled to testify to IA, the two rogue cops agree to run a lucrative, illegal operation for the station's top brass. As their increasingly bloody mission takes them from one end to the other of the sprawling city they've sworn to protect and serve, Salim and Sancho learn that getting clean isn't nearly as easy as being "Dirty."

Cast

Cuba Gooding Jr.
as Officer Salim Adel
Keith David
as Captain Spain
Clifton Collins Jr.
as Officer Armando Sancho
Cole Hauser
as Lieutenant
Taboo
as Ramirez
Khleo Thomas
as Splooge
Nicholas Gonzalez
as Officer Rodriguez
Judy Reyes
as Bryant
Frank Alvarez
as Gangster No. 1
Robert Flores
as Gangster No. 4
César García
as Gangster No. 3
Pat Healy
as Ronnie
Tory Kittles
as Wallace
Joseph McKelheer
as Canadian No. 1
Edward Meza
as Gangster No. 2
Maurice Rae
as Tiptoes
Chris Mulkey
as Carlson
Jim Ortlieb
as Husband
Bret Roberts
as Canadian No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Dirty

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (22)

  • A no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s.

    Jul 22, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • We get it. All of you guys watched the Tarantino movies and you watched the Peckinpah movies. Enough, give us something original.

    Feb 27, 2006
  • This isn't a film made by someone who knows anything about cops. It's a film made by someone who's seen a lot of cop movies.

    Feb 24, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • The machinations of the plot are so murky as to be not worth following.

    Feb 24, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • The only suspense is how long it's going to take for this movie to finally drag to an end.

    Feb 24, 2006 | Rating: 0/4
  • As good as the leads and the supporting cast are, and as much action as gets packed into the film's relatively brief running time, none of it draws us in dramatically.

    Feb 24, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirty

  • May 04, 2012
    training day clone never delivers
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2011
    The pieces are there, but the execution is glaringly lacking. The editing is erratic and often nonsensical, having the feel of a PCP ride. The plot has many aspects, all with great potential, but it's so fragmented that it's difficult and frustrating to try and follow. That, in the end is its' greatest fault, failing to deliver on story, focusing too much on style.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    What a waste of film
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2009
    I Started out liking it, and end up hating it, and then ended up enjoying it some more, until the heartbreaking ending.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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