“ Gere's magnetic as Peck, writer Henry Bean's composition is absorbing, save for the comparatively lockstep finale, and director Mike Figgis, a maker of moody, frequently experimental dramas and thrillers known for his psychological investigation of characters, knows how to turn on a restrained, genuine sensual intensity.
“ The film then builds to a gripping final showdown scene.
“ Absorbing thriller with Garcia and partner Metcalf as internal affairs cops investigating scumball cop Gere and his penchant for violence and sex.
“ The ending is predictable and the story throws up no real surprises along the way.
“ Gere is wonderful as the maniacal bad cop who has a bad habit of engaging in blatant criminal activity.
“Figgis slow burns the tension with great aplomb, then unleashes the beasts for the thriller aspects of Bean's screenplay.
“ Quite dark, sombre with its moody atmospherics and tight handling as it goes about things in a timely manner, but some plot details seem a little too contrived or out-of-place.
“ There are several scenes of slow motion violence and death which have now become as commonplace as they are pointless.
“ Both the actors and the script are unpredictable enough to keep you on the edge of your seat all the way.
“ It's very intense, never melodramatic.
“ The plot was well crafted, dark, intense, tragic.
“ We've seen it from Denzel Washington (Training Day), Tom Cruise (Collateral), and Robin Williams (Insomnia) in the past few years.
“ It is a gripping, classy and entertaining thriller.
“ Internal Affairs is quite an underrated thriller than is still very enjoyable years later.
“ A compelling thriller dominated by Gere .
“ A taut, gripping thriller.
“) It may have all started with Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" back in the early 50s, in which slow death followed almost imperceptibly quick swordplay.
“"Internal Affairs" is ultimately a surprisingly enjoyable movie with some strong characters and an exceptional villain.
“ An intense cop drama .
“ Despite the worn-out tropes, the film is thrilling at times and even downright scary, which is a plus for an action-thriller.
“ In spite of everything, it remains an ordinarily entertaining police thriller, as Gere's and Garcia's performance apparently cannot be ruined by a bad script.
“ Gere vs Garcia in the Seedier Side of Tinsel Town : An Enjoyable Cop Thriller that Never lets Up .
“ atmospheric, empty cop show .
“ The stunning product of his calculating is that he snaps the stone-faced tightrope that keeps Avilla's primordial compulsions dormant.
“ That always gets me bored a bit.
“ By far one of Richard Gere's most under-rated films - the excellent cast gives stunning performances.
“ Worth watching especially if you're a woman and you're man wants to watch a "guy movie".
“ Andy Garcia was top notch as the clean cut but intense Raymond Avila, a newly transferred Internal Affairs detective very eager to make a great impression.
“The music is provoking to unbearable extent sometimes.
“ Taut,gripping thriller .
“ A dark, atmospheric thriller worth watching more than once .
“ Garcia is equally good and reminds me of the young Al Pacino of the 1970's, soft-spoken most of the time with the ability to explode into unexpected fits of rage and even violence when provoked.
“ Given the year when this was made, this film is a good gripping tale.
“ But given the fact that it's used to spread a suspicious and dreadful feel, I believe it was overused, boring and awful.
“ That movie is far more suspenseful.
“ The last 10 mins does throw it away a lil bit but the movie is worth watching.
“ Boring Beyond Belief .
“ The famous extremely confusing matter of throwing the underwear of (Nancy Travis) on her by her husband in the restaurant ?!
“ One of those movies, I know are a bit mediocre, but are still enjoyable to watch.
“ I found this movie much more interesting on second viewing that on first, in which I expected (and saw) not much more than another police picture, with the hero from Internal Affairs rooting out a corrupt and fratricidal (indeed, sorocidal) cop from the division, and it's engaging enough on that level, as a thriller.
“ Watching Gere's manipulative portrayal really push Garcia's steely character made for some clever, if intense passages as the investigation gets deeper as the two really lock horns.
“ A Routine, But Thoroughly-Enjoyable Cop Thriller.
“ An absorbing, hardball, cop movie.
“I'm really not sure what director Mike Figgis was doing here, but for the most part Internal Affairs was neither thrilling nor particularly dramatic.
“one of his best performances..but still has that Gere flatness Garcia does a good job as the new guy who gets caught up in the case at the possible expense of his marriage..William Baldwin plays Gere's ill fated partner and Laurie Metcalf plays the veteran IAD who mentor's the new guy, Garcia While the movie does hold your attention well..it kind of wavers near the end and the ending itself is kind of predictable and rings hollow.
“Regardless of its flaws, though, Andy Garcia and Richard Gere are perfect enemies in this rather enjoyable film.
“This scene is very thrilling and memorable.
“ Memorable, gripping drama; one of Gere's best...
“ Internal Affairs is an entertaining and interesting movie, and if you liked Q&A and The French Connection, you will enjoy it!
“I wasn't really sure if the audience was supposed to be rooting for Andy Garcia as Avilla since he's come across as arrogant and unlikeable, even violent at times particularly in a scene where he gets into an intense argument with his wife and hits her in a jealous rage.
“ A Dark and Fairly Entertaining Cop Movie .
“ Peck toys with Avilla by confusing him with his wife's loyalty and killing off friends of his.
“ Regardless, items of this genre in which there's a compelling histrionic between the protagonist and the antagonist are significantly more exceptional.
“Mike Figgis directs Internal Affairs with a solid vision, knowing when to key up the dramatics and when to slow things down properly.
“ If you're looking for an action-packed, entertaining film that has a great lead performance by Richard Gere, then this film may be for you.
“ The film's first-half is best, weaving an intriguing pattern with some nicely drawn characterizations; the rest of the movie is little more than a violent TV show, creaking a bit under the weight of clichés and contrivances.
“ I like dark cop thrillers, but this one is so murky and dreary.
“ The showdown between the two of them is intense, building to a great climax, and there are several action sequences throughout that get the blood pumping.
“ It isn't great, but it is entertaining on a sleazy soap opera level.
“ an intense police thriller .