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  • Summary: The tale of three life long friends struggling with relationships, responsibility and loyalty on the mean streets of 1980's-era Brooklyn. (City Light Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Michael Corrente's Brooklyn Rules takes him to the mean streets of Gotti country, circa 1985, and it's another gem.
  2. An entertaining film that's true to its world.
  3. 63
    It's not quite layered or weighty enough to fill the aching hole left in our psyches by the end of "The Sopranos," and most of the developments are as obvious as sauce on spaghetti. Still, Brooklyn Rules is a decent, if derivative, movie.
  4. However authentic and heartfelt this film's depiction of life on the meaner streets of the Northeast corridor may be, it doesn't begin to match "The Sopranos'" epic vision of violence, class struggle and upward mobility in a barbarous culture.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    50
    The writing in Brooklyn seems even more generic. An excessive use of voice-over narration is a sure sign of a failure of dramatization.
  6. 50
    Not as bad as Bobby's mother's lasagna, neither is Brooklyn Rules anywhere near the best you've ever had, though at times, it may remind you of it.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    As a longtime writer on "The Sopranos," Terence Winter has steered clear of most of the hoary organized-crime clich├ęs. Instead, he's poured them all into director Michael Corrente's anemic urban drama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. TomJ.
    May 21, 2007
    9
    Excellent, gritty film about 3 child friends torn apart by life issues, maturity, and moral concioussness. producer corrente does an Excellent, gritty film about 3 child friends torn apart by life issues, maturity, and moral concioussness. producer corrente does an excellent job getting the best out of young actors on their way up. Expand

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