• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Michael Corrente
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 1994 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 8, 2005
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Federal Hill Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

April 29, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 28, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

There are lots of admirable things about Federal Hill, starting with Richard Crudo's sparkling black-and-white cinematography

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2007
David Stratton
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 28, 2007
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

What sets this film apart is authenticity.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

April 12, 2004
Caryn James
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 20, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Federal Hill has sincerity on its side and a fair degree of authenticity.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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There is nothing terribly different or exciting about what he shows us; the film is gripping in a conventional, formulaic way.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 13, 2001
Mark R. Leeper
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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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2005
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2003

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

June 1, 1994
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