Federal Hill Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 29, 2011
Federal Hill is like Scorsese's Mean Streets of Rhode Island, with the same focus on male camaraderie, its merits and its price.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 28, 2007
Corrente's handling of class divisions (one of the heroes starts seeing a Brown University senior he sells cocaine to) and the body language of the performances keep things fresh.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 28, 2007
There are lots of admirable things about Federal Hill, starting with Richard Crudo's sparkling black-and-white cinematography
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Stratton
Variety
September 28, 2007
Producer-director-scripter Michael Corrente manages to bring freshness to basically derivative material in Federal Hill, thanks to a number of excellent performances and some evocative black-and-white images of a world he knows intimately.
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 12, 2004
What sets this film apart is authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Federal Hill is lively and likable, a first film with the kind of swift action, clever dialogue and clear-cut characters that suggest an expert director's touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Federal Hill has sincerity on its side and a fair degree of authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
There is nothing terribly different or exciting about what he shows us; the film is gripping in a conventional, formulaic way.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
As a first film this low-budget, semi-autobiographical crime film is polished and has some interesting moves that make the familiar aspects seem a little fresher.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
With the possible exception of utilizing an atypical location (Providence, Rhode Island's Federal Hill as opposed to New York City or Long Island), there is little in this film that hasn't been done before, and better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Though Corrente, who wrote, produced and directed this debut feature, displays a sure, confident hand, his style and sensibility aren't singular enough to make this collection of behavioral details feel original.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie has a good ear for the way the characters talk, dress, move and live; it's another Italian-American slice-of-life, well acted and directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 20, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 5, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Entertainment Weekly
June 1, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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