Movie Reviews: Is 'Gangster Squad' Laughable or Pulpy Good Fun?

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Editor's Note: All reviews and information aggregated from Moviefone.

Want to catch a movie this weekend? Here's Patch's take on "Gangster Squad," now playing at theaters in Burnsville and the rest of the south metro area: Marcus Rosemount Cinema, Apple Valley’s Carmike Cinema and Great Clips IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo.

Gangster Squad
One sentence plot:
Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago.
Moviefone viewer score: 90
Moviefone critic score: 43

"This pulpy, violent tale of cops and mobsters in 1949 Los Angeles rides an uncomfortable line between outlandishness and outright parody, and it's difficult to tell which is director Ruben Fleischer's intention." AP. Full Review.

“The cops play things as dirty as the crooks in Gangster Squad, an impressively pulpy underworld-plunger that embellishes on a 1949 showdown between a dedicated team of LAPD officers and Mob-connected Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of the city.” Variety. Full Review.

“Made up of synthetics rather than whole cloth, this lurid concoction superficially gets by thanks to a strong cast and jazzy period detail, but its cartoonish contrivances fail to convince and lack any of the depth, feeling or atmosphere of genre stand-bearers like ‘L.A. Confidential.’” The Hollywood Reporter. Full Review.

“Despite the unrelenting action and the terrific cast, Gangster Squad comes up more scattered than successful.” Austin Chronicle. Full Review.

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