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The Glass Shield

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Charles Burnett

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About the Movie

An ambitious rookie cop and his station's only female deputy uncover widespread corruption and conspiracy when they realize that an innocent man has been jailed for a shocking murder. Suddenly, these two outsiders are forced to make an impossible choice: fit into an unjust system by breaking the law they're sworn to uphold... or break the unwritten code of silence that could be their only protection.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 14
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Ambition is something to respect in an artist, but Charles Burnett's police-corruption drama The Glass Shield is such a maladroit piece of filmmaking that its weighty themes and sclerotic tangle of a plot end up making it a trial to sit through. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 25, 2010

Fresh: Though no masterpiece, the film is an interesting sidebar for moviegoers who try to keep up; it's like a '50s film noir oddity you catch on 3 a.m. TV, only to find that it's become a more scintillating view than Ben-Hur. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A powerful moral drama that tries to deal with the racism at the root of many problems in contempo American society. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 25, 2010

Fresh: It's a rigorous, angry piece of work, but it misses out on the psychological depths that have made Burnett's previous films among the glories of recent American independent moviemaking. – Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times, Jul 25, 2010

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The Glass Shield
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1995

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