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  • Summary: Frank Giorgio's once orderly life has been thrown into chaos since the bank that loaned him money for a restaurant addition to his lobster business has folded. With the threat of a public auction looming, the very proud and stubborn Frank, played by Danny Aiello, his family and eccentric crew attempt to save the Brooklyn lobster shop that is the cornerstone of their identity. (Meadowbrook Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 75
    A sweet and touching film, worth a visit.
  2. The triumph here is the natural, fluid way the characters interact, many of them displaying real-life, quirky senses of humor you don't often find in screenplays.
  3. The kind of smart, realistic indie family drama the movies should give us more often, just as they should more often offer performances as full-blooded and rich as Aiello's and Curtin's here.
  4. An unusually pure example of American kitchen-sink realism.
  5. Ultimately has the air of a home movie project blown up to feature-length proportions.
  6. 50
    Fails to dig out the dramatic meat, despite a yeoman performance by Danny Aiello.
  7. 38
    If the Giorgios were more interesting, perhaps Brooklyn Lobster would feel less sluggish. But as it is, the crustaceans' unhappy destinies are more compelling than the colorless lives of their captors.

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