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  • Summary: In the underworld of Brooklyn bars, "money drops" are used to funnel cash to local gangsters. When a robbery at the bar of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) goes awry, bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) finds himself entwined in an investigation that digs deep into theIn the underworld of Brooklyn bars, "money drops" are used to funnel cash to local gangsters. When a robbery at the bar of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) goes awry, bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) finds himself entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living—no matter the cost. [Fox Searchlight] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 11, 2014
    90
    I found this dark odyssey through an amoral dream Brooklyn curiously invigorating; it’s a masterful construction that held me rapt from first shot to last, that builds intense electrical energy and then releases it.
  2. 88
    The Drop is a simmering thriller from the writer who gave us “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby Gone,” a tale heavy with the weight of violence we know is coming.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 12, 2014
    75
    The Drop's unpredictability is organic rather than sensationalistic. The movie doesn't pull surprises out of thin air for the sole purpose of shocking an audience - it lets them develop naturally.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 7, 2014
    70
    The Drop is at once upfront and highly effective in its manipulations, tugging at our heartstrings even as it flicks away at our nerves.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 11, 2014
    70
    The Drop could have been an ordinary crime drama, but it's elevated by extraordinary performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Sep 9, 2014
    63
    With its optimistic ending, the film muddies its previous statements regarding the danger of unthinkingly hanging on to totems of the past.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 10, 2014
    40
    James Gandolfini’s wintery silences and bitter outbursts are enough on their own to merit seeing this otherwise frustratingly vague slice of low-end Crooklyn crime life, but just barely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    When you have Tom Hardy on the bill, it's a fail safe as far as this reviewer is concerned, and we will truly miss James Gandolfini, who wasWhen you have Tom Hardy on the bill, it's a fail safe as far as this reviewer is concerned, and we will truly miss James Gandolfini, who was great in his last role as a down and out former bar owner with illusions of gangster grandeur, not to mention some other problems.
    Dennis LeHane, popular author, did the original short story ("Animal Rescue"), and like "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island", gives us a gripping sober tale of modern gangsterism courtesy of Chechen mobsters who own several bars in Brooklyn and randomly use one for "drops", tribute and extortion money left at the designated bar for later pickup. Tom Hardy, who plays the unassuming bartender Bob is much smarter and deeper than his cohorts give him credit for, and turns in an Oscar level performance, delivering an accurate Brooklyn accent even though he's British and carefully assesses the situation unfold after rescuing a pit bull puppy from certain death. (The little pup is as adorable and integral as the human actors).
    This is not a "Wiseguys" remake. It's gritty, believable right down to the last second of film, and you leave with no doubt that Tom Hardy is one of the world's finest actors, hands down, equal to his brilliant performance as Forrest Bondurant in "The Lawless" a few years ago. "The Drop" is the first "10" of the year for me, and will be a classic. Here's hoping it puts Hardy over the top once and for all.
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  2. Oct 10, 2014
    9
    Now THIS is a great movie with a complex storyline, amazing acting (Especially Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, and that Belgian guy from Loft),Now THIS is a great movie with a complex storyline, amazing acting (Especially Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, and that Belgian guy from Loft), deep and raw emotions, touching moments, and an overall great build up followed by an unexpected twist. This may seem like your typical "Brooklyn based gangster/underground economy" movie, but in the end, it's much more, and it shows. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2014
    9
    Went to see this on the spur of the moment and glad that I did. Such a relief from the over-done CGI messes that HWood has been foisting onWent to see this on the spur of the moment and glad that I did. Such a relief from the over-done CGI messes that HWood has been foisting on us. An interesting story well-told with solid acting from all involved. The final word that describes this for me is: Satisfying. Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2014
    8
    While everyone was great, this was Tom Hardy's show all along. You're led to believe that Bob Saginowski may be a simpleton, but he is farWhile everyone was great, this was Tom Hardy's show all along. You're led to believe that Bob Saginowski may be a simpleton, but he is far from that as Hardy is phenomenal with adding many layers to the character. A man who looks like a thug, but has a heart of gold. As the tension comes to a high in the final act, Hardy's characters big moment comes in the climax where he flat-out delivers, taking the film to a new level. That scene alone makes it worth watching.

    The Drop ins't a shining standout, but it's still a completely solid film. The filmmaker does extremely well at giving a strong character driven drama that is rarely ever seen in the world of hardcore gangsters. And with the always brilliant Tom Hardy in the lead and it being James Gandolfini's last performance, this is definitely one worth checking out.
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  5. Oct 3, 2014
    7
    There are so many movies about once-bad-now-legit guys being forced to complete "one last job" for some inane reason or other. TheThere are so many movies about once-bad-now-legit guys being forced to complete "one last job" for some inane reason or other. The one-last-job movies have worn out their welcome, and what we need more of are this kind of surprising, intricately woven, well-developed character study. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2015
    6
    Tom Hardy does a great acting job playing a barman in his new movie "The Drop".The plot of this movie itself has some unexpected twists, isTom Hardy does a great acting job playing a barman in his new movie "The Drop".The plot of this movie itself has some unexpected twists, is entertaining and some people will maybe find it really awesome and you just don't want to leave until it's finished. In the first half of the film you are going to be introduced to a bunch of mysterious situations that are going to keep you attached to the screen. The story and the script were well made, and they choose just the right actors to film this. Sadly, this movie was a little slow for me, and until the end nothing really impressive happened. I went trough all the film expecting at least one action sequence, but it never showed up. Expand
  7. Oct 20, 2014
    3
    I was attracted to this film primarily because of Tom Hardy. As it turns out, Hardy and "Rocco" were the only reasons I didn't walk out andI was attracted to this film primarily because of Tom Hardy. As it turns out, Hardy and "Rocco" were the only reasons I didn't walk out and demand my money back. The Drop is very disappointing and not worth the $8 to $11 per ticket you'd spend seeing it in the theaters. If I were you, I'd wait for Netflix to offer it on their stream service. Expand

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