Brooklyn Lobster is a sweet and touching film, worth a visit.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brooklyn Lobster is the kind of smart, realistic indie family drama the movies should give us more often.
The crustaceans' unhappy destinies are more compelling than the colorless lives of their captors.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The dramatic engine may be real estate and bank loans, but the heart of the movie is family and character and the film provides plenty of both.
Well-meant, but only adequately realized, the movie is simply undersized.
Fails to dig out the dramatic meat, despite a yeoman performance by Danny Aiello.
| Original Score: 2/4
Aiello dominates with equal measures of gruff bluster, pained confusion and not-so-quiet desperation. It's an impressively multifaceted performance.
The triumph here is the natural, fluid way the characters interact, many of them displaying real-life, quirky senses of humor you don't often find in screenplays.
Ultimately has the air of a home movie project blown up to feature-length proportions.
Kevin Jordan's small family drama, set in Sheepshead Bay, is an unusually pure example of American kitchen-sink realism.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This family-versus-business parable comes across as slight, familiar, and in dire need of seasoning.