Monument Ave.

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  • Summary: Set in a tough Irish-American neighborhood, this is a story about the power of loyalty, community, and friendship in the world of organized crime.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The dialogue and the ensemble acting maintain a near-perfect pitch.
  2. Mike Armstrong's relentlessly downbeat script allows Demme to develop an ensnaring camaraderie coupled with a dark destructiveness that recalls Eugene O'Neill.
  3. 80
    Under Ted Demme's accomplished direction, the film unfolds with a kind of ruthless simplicity, observing, rather than stating, the neighborhood's intricate social connections.
  4. Director Ted Demme (with a terse script by Mike Armstrong) keeps it darkly funny while exposing raw nerves in a buildup to unexpected tragedy.
  5. 70
    Set in an expressively underlit environment, this rivetingly moody drama is enhanced by the restrained use of incidental music.
  6. 70
    Though too short to earn any real sympathy for the characters, and too slow to generate any excitement, Monument Ave. is moderately haunting and occasionally affecting.
  7. The story has some chillingly suspenseful episodes, although it's marred by overfamiliar themes and weak dialogue.

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