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Street Kings

HD   R Closed Captioning

David Ayer

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About the Movie

Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is a veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him. Featuring special appearances by Common and The Game.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 151
  • Fresh: 54
  • Rotten: 97
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Street Kings wastes a moderately intriguing premise by filling it with laughably cliched dialogue, one-dimensional characters and implausible turns of events. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Oct 18, 2008

Rotten: Keanu Reeves' bad-boy cop Tom Ludlow may not play by the rules, but the film sure does. – Tom Charity,, Dec 16, 2008

Fresh: After its cliched first scene Street Kings becomes an enjoyably tough, blood-splattered action drama that revolves around the one good cop at its center. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Sep 18, 2009

Rotten: An anemic attempt to evoke the big, shiny action pictures of the late '80s and early '90s, the heyday of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, when Timothy Dalton was 007 and Clint Eastwood had fewer wrinkles and bigger hair. – Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Solid, but won't blow you away

I'm a fan of director David Ayer and his Los Angeles-set crime dramas. I loved Training Day and the underrated Harsh Times (which featured a brilliant Christian Bale performance). Street Kings, while engaging and worth watching, isn't his best. The primary flaw is how formulaic it is. This is the first time Keanu Reeves has played protagonist Tom Ludlow, but you know the character: conflicted, intense LA cop who doesn't play by the rules. You've also seen the plot play out before: a few good cops go against the many corrupt ones to solve a crime. So don't expect originality or many surprises. What you CAN expect and enjoy is Reeves' solid performance (he's not the most rounded actor, but he shines in certain roles), as well as many colorful supporting turns (rap star Common is very intense in a small role), and Ayer's sharp direction and detailed vision of Los Angeles. So, all in all, Street Kings is solid entertainment. It's well-acted and directed and fun. Just don't expect Academy Award-caliber material or much depth or originality. Concentrate on enjoying the cool ride.


this is a really good movie,but itunes charges too much

Simply a great 2008 movie

Reeves is really good. Buy it, you can't get wrong.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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