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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. Mike Armstrong's relentlessly downbeat script allows Demme to develop an ensnaring camaraderie coupled with a dark destructiveness that recalls Eugene O'Neill.
  2. The dialogue and the ensemble acting maintain a near-perfect pitch.
  3. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    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. 75
    With fresh dialogue and a willingness to show his protagonists in a less-than-favorable light, Demme has found a way to make this entry memorable.
  5. Monument Ave. is a cinematic dead-end street that is not without its gloomy, gritty thrills -- assuming, that is, that you're not in the market for a hero or even the slightest feather of that thing called hope. [09 Oct 1998, Pg.N.49]
  6. 70
    Set in an expressively underlit environment, this rivetingly moody drama is enhanced by the restrained use of incidental music.
  7. The story has some chillingly suspenseful episodes, although it's marred by overfamiliar themes and weak dialogue.

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