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Training Day Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    70

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    There's no denying that Washington can play a rococo villain with flip ebullience, but I fervently wish he were doing it in a movie that paid more than lip service to the real world.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    With its unflinching style, Training Day can be hard to sit through at times. But it's worth the discomfort for the adrenaline rush of the plot and Washington's compelling performance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    So extreme is his mad dog behavior, indeed, that it shades over into humor: Washington seems to enjoy a performance that's over the top and down the other side.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Training Day can be simplistic, formulaic and absurdly melodramatic -- but Mr. Washington is flat-out great.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Great performances, but for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a very strong R, with extremely rough language (including the "N" word and anti-gay slurs), graphic violence (including the murder of major characters), drug use, brief nudity, and sexual references.

  • Families can talk about the way that seemingly little exceptions to ethical rules end up creating very serious problems. When do the ends justify the means? This may be especially meaningful in light of the current debate about how to respond to terrorism.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Very violent, characters murdered, attempted rape.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, brief nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Extremely strong language including the n-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug use and drug dealers, drinking, smoking.

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