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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: 45 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51
  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 30, 2014
    8
    I loved this movie.
    The acting is fir rate.
    Tom Hardy is fast becoming one of the great actors of our time. The movie is slow at times but
    I loved this movie.
    The acting is fir rate.
    Tom Hardy is fast becoming one of the great actors of our time.
    The movie is slow at times but when there is action, it comes in quickly.
    There's a small twist at the end, but it's a good one.

    James Gandolfini is great. Imagine Tony Soprano, down an out, and that's pretty much hs character.
    I'm looking forward to more Tom Hardy movies/
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  5. Sep 16, 2014
    7
    Most people think the breakout star of this one is Tom Hardy but for me it was one cute little puppy. Decent drama that for the most partMost people think the breakout star of this one is Tom Hardy but for me it was one cute little puppy. Decent drama that for the most part plays it safe. It would of been much better if there had not been 20 years of constant Law and Order and Breaking Bad and of course the Sopranos stealing its thunder. Overall a good farewell to Gandolfini who plays just the type of character we love seeing him in. Expand
  6. Mar 2, 2015
    6
    Quality film with very good performances and three great leading actors. The story itself is not that appealing or new, but by the time theQuality film with very good performances and three great leading actors. The story itself is not that appealing or new, but by the time the film ends it leaves you with good taste. Probably because it is well directed and Tom Hardy´s character becomes very interesting by then. A recommendable watch. 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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