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  • Summary: Andy, an overextended broker, lures his younger brother--Hank--into a larcenous scheme: the pair will rob a suburban mom-and-pop jewelry store that appears to be the quintessential easy target. The problem is, the store owners are Andy and Hank's actual mom and pop--and--when the seeminglyAndy, an overextended broker, lures his younger brother--Hank--into a larcenous scheme: the pair will rob a suburban mom-and-pop jewelry store that appears to be the quintessential easy target. The problem is, the store owners are Andy and Hank's actual mom and pop--and--when the seemingly perfect crime goes awry, the damage lands right at their doorstep. (THINKFilm) Expand
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    A superb crime melodrama.
  2. 100
    In addition to being a study in great acting, this is a study in great directing.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Compact, nasty, and altogether wonderful, a tale of brotherly greed and New York comeuppance that shows an old dog dusting off old tricks using new technology.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    The action is violent, messy, and threaded through with dark humor. This is a movie for grownups, for sure, but it has a mulish kick that most such pictures consider themselves to tasteful to aspire to.
  5. 88
    A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
  6. This is not a drama of shadings, but of ever-increasing intensity.
  7. Even though it's scripted by a woman (Kelly Masterson), this tale of buried family resentments rising to the surface as the brothers plot to rob their parents' jewelry store is concerned only with the guys, and it's marred by an uncharacteristically mannered performance by Albert Finney as the father.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 106
  2. Negative: 25 out of 106
  1. Mar 26, 2011
    10
    What a superb film! Incredibly inpactful and thrilling. Great performances all around, with a beautiful score and amazing writing to go handWhat a superb film! Incredibly inpactful and thrilling. Great performances all around, with a beautiful score and amazing writing to go hand in hand with the Sidney Lumet touch. How this film was snubbed for not even a single Oscar nomination, I will never understand. Michael Shannon and Albert Finney bring such great energy and power; Hoffman and Hawke really express the confusion in the **** that takes place. The melodramatic performances rarely seem over done because the thrill is amped up to 14. This film physically punched me in the face: no **** Expand
  2. [Anonymous}
    Feb 24, 2008
    10
    Bizarre premise with superb cast, outrageously funny, with oh so many levels of recognizable relationships,
  3. Jul 22, 2013
    9
    Awesome frickin' movie. Nobody captures the debilitating affects of stress and concern like Philip Seymour Hoffman. He and Ethan Hawke areAwesome frickin' movie. Nobody captures the debilitating affects of stress and concern like Philip Seymour Hoffman. He and Ethan Hawke are both great here. This one is a ride. Loved it. Expand
  4. EdM.
    Dec 7, 2007
    8
    Fine acting by all, and an inventive script, elevates this film beyond the normal caper melodrama. I'm not sure I get the camera work, Fine acting by all, and an inventive script, elevates this film beyond the normal caper melodrama. I'm not sure I get the camera work, though -- dark, somewhat underexposed interiors and closeups, while the outdoor scenes are overexposed and harsh. Different. Worth seeing. Expand
  5. DanB.
    Dec 26, 2007
    6
    It is well-done and acted, but it feels much longer than its length, not one of the characters is even a little likeable, and the end is not It is well-done and acted, but it feels much longer than its length, not one of the characters is even a little likeable, and the end is not believable. Any one of these things alone is fine... together, in this movie... eh. I felt like the film was trying to be "gritty" or "honest" or "real". But it wasn't, because every character was so ugly and it's not "real" that one group of people will be so dysfunctional. Expand
  6. incognitoWhittaker
    Nov 12, 2007
    4
    This film fools a lot of people because there is pretty good acting in it. Besides the acting and Marisa Tomei's new rack, this is just This film fools a lot of people because there is pretty good acting in it. Besides the acting and Marisa Tomei's new rack, this is just a bad picture. I don't understand why it got good reviews. It's tiresome, pointless melodrama. Don't waste your money. Expand
  7. rb
    Nov 24, 2007
    0
    Terrible. Do not step foot in that theater. This is the worst film I have ever seen in my life,( I don't think I have ever said that!) Terrible. Do not step foot in that theater. This is the worst film I have ever seen in my life,( I don't think I have ever said that!) and I am an avid film buff. I can not imagine how the reviewers came to their ratings, the only thing I can imagine is either they were bought out, or are completely brainwashed and deluded in to thinking that dark pointless depressing stories equal depth. And it could not be farther from the truth. If you feel like seeing sad characters you don't care about do things that make you wretch, and leave feeling depressed, then go for it, otherwise, know this is the most over rated film on the planet. The reviewers were blinded by the director's fame and their misguided notion that grim stories equal edgy and profound, when that idea could not be more passe'. I should have followed the lead of the several people who walked out during the middle. BUYER BEWARE. Expand

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