"...A flashy, cool and supremely charismatic performance by Denzel Washington serves as a flashpoint for TRAINING DAY..."
"...In TRAINING DAY, Mr. Washington's dry-ice grandeur -- the predator's reflexes contrasting with a pensive mouth -- deserves regard, and his powerhouse virtuosity will almost guarantee him an Oscar nomination..."New York Times
"...Washington is alternately menacing and charismatic -- one of the best performances in his career....Just as remarkable is the taut directing style of Antoine Fuqua and the gritty dialogue of screenwriter David Ayer..."USA Today
"...Denzel Washington, who just keeps getting better is a sparking, snapping live wire....His smiling seductive monster is a thrilling creation that gives TRAINING DAY all the bite it needs..."
"...[Washington] is never less than a spellbinding villain..."
Sight and Sound
"...A hellish life-in-a day cop flick, TRAINING DAY's a simple, brutal pleasure..."
"...Washington's performance gleefully goes over the top..."
"[T]he entire presentation is very natural and realistic."