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Narc Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This may be the most uncompromisingly raw police drama since "Across 110th Street," starring Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The investigation itself must remain undescribed here. But its ending is a neat and ironic exercise in poetic justice.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    With such skilled filmmaking and committed acting on display, Narc is far more a score than a bust.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Narc is as cop movie as a cop movie can be.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Intense cop movie for adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a very strong R and isn't for any but the most mature of teens. The violence, drug use, and non-stop coarse language are enough to make the most jaded of audiences flinch.

  • Families can talk about whether the end ever justifies the means. Each character here has a very different idea of what "justice" means, but they'll all go to great personal lengths and endanger themselves (and others) in order to pursue what they see as the necessary course of action. What are the consequences of Tellis' actions?

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Extremely violent and brutal, casual beatings, many characters killed.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit sexual references, brief nudity, references to sexually transmitted diseases, sexual abuse and prostitution

  • language false5

    Language: Extremely strong language, including racial epithets

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frequent explicit scenes of drug use and addiction, death by overdose