Impulse Is there anything worse than a slow, muddled, badly lit cop movie? Yes: a slow, muddled, badly lit lady-cop movie. (You get the clichés plus… Impulse Is there anything worse than a slow, muddled, badly lit cop movie? Yes: a slow, muddled, badly lit lady-cop movie. (You get the clichés plus… R Drama Mystery and Thriller Jeff Fahey Theresa Russell
Movie Review

Impulse (1990)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
F

Details Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Jeff Fahey and Theresa Russell

Is there anything worse than a slow, muddled, badly lit cop movie? Yes: a slow, muddled, badly lit lady-cop movie. (You get the clichés plus ersatz feminism.) In the insultingly shoddy Impulse, Theresa Russell — she of the ripe smirk and earnest-little-girl doe eyes — plays an underccver vice cop who, for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with selling the picture, keeps donning rear-zipper miniskirts in order to catch a drug dealer. Russell once seemed a promising actress (she made a fascinating modern temptress in Bad Timing/A Sensual Obsession), but in Impulse she's set up as both a sexpot victim and an avenging Dirty Harriet. The two pulp poses undercut each other, and Russell ends up looking ridiculous — all because she can't pout and sneer at the same time.

Originally posted Apr 13, 1990 Published in issue #9 Apr 13, 1990 Order article reprints
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