Brooklyn Rules Reviews

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Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
a fuzzy film sporting more bad Brooklyn accents and mob-movie cliches than Knockaround Guys which, all things considered, is hard to do.
| Original Score: 2/5
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
May 17, 2007
How many sophomoric insults can three Brooklyn teens hurl in five minutes? About 894.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2007
A blatant Scorsese knock-off with a few Godfather and A Bronx Tale flourishes thrown in for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 22, 2008
Should you see this '80s mafia drama? Fugeddaboudit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 17, 2007
If Winter had an extraordinary youth, it eludes Brooklyn Rules, another generic memory piece in which the now-successful writer takes us on a thinly veiled tour of the burger joints, bowling alleys and faces from his formative grunge years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 18, 2007
Too many clichés and not enough energy have come along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 18, 2007
Vivid work by Alec Baldwin as a brutal Gambino crime family captain isn't enough to justify the sub-Scorsese stylings of Michael Corrente's Brooklyn Rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 13, 2007
...Winter's coming-of-age-in-the-1980s saga is content to rewalk the same mean streets, never ducking into one alley or back room we haven't visited.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 22, 2007
However authentic and heartfelt this film's depiction of life on the meaner streets of the Northeast corridor may be, it doesn't begin to match The Sopranos' epic vision of violence, class struggle and upward mobility in a barbarous culture.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Variety
September 22, 2007
A sometimes funny, occasionally maudlin coming-of-age dramedy that wants to be Goodfellas but might have been called Mild in the Streets.
August 3, 2007
If we were playing by mob rules, this movie would get the 'slicer' treatment for trying to impersonate a Scorsese picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cathy Jakicic
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 12, 2007
Singularly unoriginal, full of clichà (C)s and tough-neighborhood set pieces tied together with GoodFellas-style voice-over narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Linder
IGN Movies
June 22, 2007
Brooklyn Rules is a watchable flick but it's also tired and derivative, which is a shame given the talent involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
September 22, 2007
Aggressively derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 1, 2007
Absolutely nothing to recommend the film as anything other than a sagging collection of predictable clichés and brain-numbing boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2007
Whether it's read as an exclamation of borough pride or as a set of unwritten laws governing its residents, the movie takes a well-trodden path in chronicling the lives of three Italian American friends, circa 1985.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
May 15, 2007
As a longtime writer on The Sopranos, Terence Winter has steered clear of most of the hoary organized-crime clichés. Instead, he's poured them all into director Michael Corrente's anemic urban drama.
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
May 18, 2007
The friends, the neighborhood, the loyalty, the bloodshed, Alec Baldwin playing a bad-ass wise guy... feel free to stop me when all this stops sounding familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2007
Years after Federal Hill (1994), director Michael Corrente is still doing low-budget Mean Streets knockoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 30, 2007
Ah, the nostalgic mob drama. No matter the brutality, the blood, or the sheer fear that shape the memory, movies and TV tend to make life in the mob a growth experience.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 13, 2007
Brooklyn Rules doesn't exactly rule, but fans of the cast will find much to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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