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Staten Island (Little New York) (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
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The lives of a septic tank cleaner, an ambitious mob boss, and a deaf-mute deli worker converge in tragedy in this seriocomic crime drama from director/screenwriter James DeMonaco. Blue collar by birth, Sully Halverson (Ethan Hawke) has never amounted to much in life. When Sully finds out he's about to become a father, he schemes to rob Parmie Tarzo (Vincent D'Onifrio), a small-time kingpin who's looking for a way to leave his mark on the world. By saving Staten Island Forest, Parmie surmises,

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Art House & International, Drama

James DeMonaco

Dec 22, 2009

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DeMonaco deserves credit for wanting to do something different. But what starts out as a witty tweak on tired mobster movies eventually collapses into those very same clichés.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The tonal idiosyncrasies may grate early on but things coalesce nicely until the whole thing starts to resemble a diverting short story.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If Staten Island, New York is an ode to what it calls "the forgotten stepchild of Manhattan," it is a barbed and quirky one.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Best is D'Onofrio as a gangster turned environmental activist -- he puts on a white three-piece suit, climbs to the top of a gigantic tree and refuses to come down.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Staten Island is not without surprises -- nor is it any good.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Throughout, first-time director DeMonaco shows a predilection for white-hot patches of lighting, squeezed close-ups, and actor overindulgence.

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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An invigorating, lively and captivating crime drama boasting a terrific cast, sharp dialogue and just the right amount of dark comic relief.

November 22, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Staten Island has the stench of meat left on the counter for too long.

November 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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