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  • Summary: Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six-year-old daughter, Hope, for the first time, andWounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six-year-old daughter, Hope, for the first time, and she begins to melt his frozen heart. While DD struggles to make an honest living, his older brother, Darnell, has risen to become the neighborhood kingpin. DD faces the pressure to save his younger brother, James, from following in Darnell’s dangerous footsteps. Tommy and DD find themselves trapped in the same slum they joined the military to escape. As they struggle for redemption, their own families become entangled in a web of crime, corruption and violence. (Studio: Relativity Media) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    May 19, 2011
    75
    If Martin Scorsese updated "The Roaring Twenties," the classic Jimmy Cagney movie about World War I vets who come home and find that the only jobs available are with gang lords and bootleggers, it would look a lot like Sean Kirkpatrick's rookie feature, Cost of a Soul.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    May 17, 2011
    60
    While Kirkpatrick does a fine job in establishing a gritty inner-city milieu and a collection of more than credible street characters caught up in an endless cycle of crime and violence, his body count reaches the proportions of the worst sort of studio schlock. Going for a shock effect, he instead strains credulity and risks unintended laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 20, 2011
    60
    Though it's rough around the edges, it is also, undeniably, a nervy, confident debut.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 17, 2011
    30
    Kirkpatrick's color-deficient visual scheme is sturdy, but it can't compensate for a mechanical, unsubtle script.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 24, 2011
    30
    As is, the emotional elements explored by Cost of a Soul, and the devices it employs, seem trite and occasionally shoplifted from better-told tales.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 19, 2011
    20
    As one bloody encounter treads on the heels of the next, all that remains is a tiny indie undone by its own vicious ambitions.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 20, 2011
    12
    Rookie director Sean Kirkpatrick keeps stomping on the drama pedal while blowing the cliché horn, yielding scene after tired scene of predictable developments as the principals keep shoving guns into mouths and screaming obscenities.

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  1. May 24, 2011
    10
    I think most of these critics were smokin something, because the sold out theatre I went to; the audience (REAL PEOPLE) loved it. JumpinjohnI think most of these critics were smokin something, because the sold out theatre I went to; the audience (REAL PEOPLE) loved it. Jumpinjohn from Philly. Expand

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