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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
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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: 44 out of 50
  2. Negative: 3 out of 50
  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 12, 2014
    9
    I love this movie. It's not overly complicated in plot, but the casting is pitch perfect, and the raw emotions are palpable. It's not theI love this movie. It's not overly complicated in plot, but the casting is pitch perfect, and the raw emotions are palpable. It's not the most ambitious movie I've ever seen, so don't expect a Scorsese epic, but the acting is phenomenal. Great to see Gandolfini once again. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2014
    8
    Although it's a bit scattered at the beginning, The Drop turns into a kind of melancholy, emotionally visceral about the isolation of a man inAlthough it's a bit scattered at the beginning, The Drop turns into a kind of melancholy, emotionally visceral about the isolation of a man in "the life". Gandolfini adds some levity to the whole thing, and Tom Hardy delivers a solid performance. Overall, it is worth a watch. Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    Not a terrible flick equally not a fantastic one either.

    Being a huge Tom Hardy fan this may have played some part in my liking of this
    Not a terrible flick equally not a fantastic one either.

    Being a huge Tom Hardy fan this may have played some part in my liking of this outing as my watch buddy disliked it. She isn't aware of Hardy.

    Plot wise it is simple gangster, New York fair with little on the way of weight or depth but then I guess it wasn't aiming for this bench. Hardy is a simple barman with no life outside the bar, gangster racketeers run the bar and life is sweet until a robbery changes this. Queue story....

    There seems to be a trend in America of late where once great actors get fat(ter) and unfit and habitual and die. The trend is further exposed in the fact their 'last films' suck. Well suck is too far a negative here but Gandolfini has been much better.

    Final verdict watch if bored and nothing else on or if you dig gangster flicks. A seasonally generous 7 outta 10
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  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. Mar 15, 2015
    3
    no idea what happened when I watched this

    main character just mumbles throughout the film and has a weird love for a dog dogs the best
    no idea what happened when I watched this

    main character just mumbles throughout the film and has a weird love for a dog

    dogs the best thing about the film to be honest, nice looking dog
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