NARC (2002) It's as cop movie as a cop movie can be, yet this gritty, propulsive B movie pursues its own line of inquiry with an energy… 2002-12-20 R PT102M PT107M Drama Mystery and Thriller Ray Liotta Chi McBride Jason Patric Busta Rhymes Tom Cruise Paramount Pictures
Movie Review

NARC (2002)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Dec 20, 2002; Rated: R; Lengths: 102 Minutes, 107 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Ray Liotta, Chi McBride and Jason Patric; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

It's as cop movie as a cop movie can be, yet this gritty, propulsive B movie pursues its own line of inquiry with an energy -- and a tolerance for moral limbo -- that sets it apart from the rest of the squad right from the jolting opening chase sequence. Ray Liotta (a wonder recently risen from the underworld of bad roles in bad movies) and Jason Patric play Samuel Beckett-worthy narcotics-division partners with blazing skill.

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints