Ken Tucker
November 12, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jack Reed: Badge of Honor

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
Brian Dennehy

We gave it a C+

Watching a TV movie like Jack Reed: Badge of Honor (NBC, Nov. 12, 9-11 p.m.) makes you realize how thoroughly such first-rate police series as Homicide: Life on the Street, NYPD Blue, and Law & Order have made murder-mysteries like Jack Reed irrelevant. Brian Dennehy reprises his role as honest-cop Reed from last season’s miniseries Deadly Matrimony. The movie’s chief suspect is a hospital worker played by Bill Sadler (Rush, Trespass), who radiates so much villainy that he robs the story of suspense. In trying for lean realism, Reed comes off as soft and unconvincing in the midst of the best year in ages for hard-boiled police stories. C+

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