The action comedy is Wahlberg’s first original film for the streaming platform, and reunites him with director and regular collaborator Peter Berg.
Wahlberg plays a disgraced detective in the film, who partners with his former boxing coach (Alan Arkin) and a heavyweight champion (Winston Duke) to solve a mystery involving corrupt cops and gangland crime.
Critics, however, have been largely unimpressed by the film. For IndieWire, David Ehrlich described the film as an “ultra-disposable self-parody” that “courses with Big Overcompensation Energy”.
He added: “The result is a junky, paint-by-numbers crime saga that stacks up to The Town like Cats does to Singin’ in the Rain.”
Others, however, were slightly more complimentary towards the film. In Variety, Peter DeBruge described the film as “a more entertaining watch than The Irishman”, while Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times suggested that a possible sequel “wouldn’t be a half bad idea”.
Comedian, actor and podcaster Marc Maron and rapper Post Malone also star in the film, which marks the fifth Wahlberg vehicle in a row that Berg has directed. Spenser Confidential follows Lone Survivor (2013), Deepwater Horizon (2016), Patriots Day (2016) and Mile 22 (2018).
The film dropped on Netflix today (6 March).