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New York Times:
Mr. Winstone chews on this Cockney cops-and-robbers caper with foulmouthed glee.
[Winstone] radiates such a threatening vibe that he doesn't have to say a word to make your hair stand on end. And his grim, glowering work in "The Sweeney" ranks up there with his best.
The only thing more tiresome than a gritty reboot of a TV series is a gritty reboot of an unfamiliar TV series.
Maybe it worked in the '70s; it's too worn to work these days. Ray Winstone needs to find better rocks to chew on.
Los Angeles Times:
A briskly involving British crime entertainment of the old school. You've seen the type, and more than once, but the genre still has enough juice to take us for a ride.
Winstone is, as always, perfectly believable as a tough guy and after a slow start - due, somewhat, to American ears adjusting to those problematic accents - the film hits a groove.
New York Daily News:
Based on a '70s British program, this is a bombastic effort that, while not successful, is still as bracing as a cold pint.
New York Post:
The movie blithely repeats most of the cliches of the American badass-cop flick, only in impenetrable Cockney.
Somewhere in the laundry list of cliches, there is a movie here that we have already seen and forgotten.
It's Winstone who keeps 'The Sweeney' on the right side of duff.
Regardless of whether you're a longtime devotee or not, you'll be left saying, "This is The Sweeney? I've been rooked."