The Drop

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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: 38 out of 52
  2. Negative: 3 out of 52
  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. Nov 3, 2014
    9
    Increíble película, James Gandolfini está fantástico, tampoco dejamos sin destacar a Tom Hardy que no hace una mala actuación. Un muy buenIncreíble película, James Gandolfini está fantástico, tampoco dejamos sin destacar a Tom Hardy que no hace una mala actuación. Un muy buen ambiente, en cuestión, una película como dios manda. 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. Jul 22, 2015
    7
    As expected, The Drop is a crime drama. It never really reinvents the wheel at any time, but it does follow the best elements of the genre andAs expected, The Drop is a crime drama. It never really reinvents the wheel at any time, but it does follow the best elements of the genre and executes them very well. In addition, it is a fantastic starring turn for Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini. If anybody still had doubts about Hardy, this film (as well as his entire filmography) should be solid evidence that he is one of the best actors working today. He is the perfect guy for this role and he knocks it out of the park. Noted author Dennis Lehane's script is very well done and the dialogue works throughout. The film is also well directed and well paced, never becoming boring. You are constantly invested in the goings ons and though there are a good number of moving parts, it never gets hard to follow or feels cluttered. For a first time screenwriter, that is pretty good and shows that Lehane's talents as an author (namely Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, and Shutter Island), can translate to the big screen not just in adaptations, but also in his penning the script. Overall, The Drop is a good crime drama that soars thanks in large to its acting and good writing. 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. 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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