Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 75
    A sweet and touching film, worth a visit.
  4. 63
    However fact-based the material may be, Jordan's salt-of-the-earth characters, with their bluster and pride and rough-edged loyalty, are all too familiar, and their travails feel formulaic, right down to the life-affirming climax.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Character's multiple mid-life crises could make this genuinely engaging drama especially appealing to older viewers.
  6. An unusually pure example of American kitchen-sink realism.
  7. Ultimately has the air of a home movie project blown up to feature-length proportions.
  8. 50
    Fails to dig out the dramatic meat, despite a yeoman performance by Danny Aiello.
  9. Kevin Jordan (Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire), a protege of Martin Scorsese, wrote and directed this dull 2005 autobiographical feature; it feels real, but solid performances fail to enliven the characters.
  10. 40
    Outside of the Jordan inner circle, this family-versus-business parable comes across as slight, familiar, and in dire need of seasoning.
  11. 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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