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The Glass Shield

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The movie focuses on rookie cop J.J. (Michael Boatman), the first black officer in his squad. Through J.J., the film examines several incidents of racist behavior amongst the cops and within the legal system.
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Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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March 15, 2013

An angry anti-cop message flick directed and written to be subversive by angry LA based indie filmmaker Charles Burnett.
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Slant Magazine
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August 29, 2005

Burnett uses a socially discomforting scenario that has only vague implications of deeper malice to initiate a brave portrayal of a Caucasian-centric sort of martial law.
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Time Out
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June 24, 2006

The movie feels sketchy, as if Burnett chopped the flesh off his screenplay and left us only the bare bones.
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Movie Metropolis
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August 13, 2005

Credit writer/director Burnett for having the courage of his convictions, even if the outcome is a film that a lot of people will see as clichéd and stereotyped.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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January 01, 2000

An implausible, wearisome clunker trying to ring true but making only dull thuds.
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Variety

March 26, 2009

A powerful moral drama that tries to deal with the racism at the root of many problems in contempo American society.
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Washington Post
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January 01, 2000

It has both ideas and a point of view. But the ideas are far from new, and the point of view is blatantly knee-jerk.
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Los Angeles Times
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February 13, 2001

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.
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EmanuelLevy.Com
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August 17, 2006

Despite studio interference, it's still a decent film, and the association of a black man and a Jewish woman (as two outcasts) is a welcome addition to the genre.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

August 09, 2005

an entirely honorable - if inevitably doomed - attempt to reconcile Burnett's political and social concerns with the requisites of mass entertainment.
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Entertainment Weekly
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July 06, 2010

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.
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Groucho Reviews

August 16, 2005

The film's ambition makes Burnett's occasional overstatement easy to forgive.
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