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  • Summary: A raw New York street drama about a small-time coke dealer in Hell's Kitchen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    80
    Gutsy, unconventional, bursting with raw urban energy, this surprisingly suspenseful drama portrays New York Hell's Kitchen residents whose lives are governed by the immutable circumstances of their tawdry existence.
  2. 63
    Lacking quite the zip and zing of "Run Lola Run," this lively indie tale of a drug deal gone awry could be alternately titled "Walk Fast Bobby Walk Fast."
  3. 60
    Montias's script lacks surprises -- Still, the minor figures surrounding him (Bobby) -- from teenage Puerto Rican beauties to a mobster's middle-aged groupie -- form a gritty urban mosaic, and Bobby's wanton energy is utterly convincing.
  4. 50
    Whenever the picture tries to be about something bigger, it turns predictable or maudlin or, in a few sad instances, both simultaneously.
  5. Decidedly a minor item that's been on the shelf for a while but is nonetheless an effective calling card for its writer-director-star.
  6. 40
    As a debut it holds out the promise that Montias might do something more interesting in his next film.
  7. 30
    The movie rarely overcomes its terminal Scorsese- and Ferrara-isms, or fulfills the promise, evident in the film's early passages, that Montias might be a fine observer of local color with his own unique stories to tell.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1