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God's Pocket (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 57

Well-cast but frustratingly clichéd, God's Pocket fails to strike a sensible balance between comedy and drama.

31

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 20

Well-cast but frustratingly clichéd, God's Pocket fails to strike a sensible balance between comedy and drama.

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In the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket, Mickey Scarpato's crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction "accident," and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please, and a debt he can't pay. Acclaimed actor John Slattery makes an impressive jump behind the

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Peter Dexter

Sep 9, 2014

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All Critics (86) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (57)

A dud.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Turns out accents and attitude only go so far.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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A messy, shallow, muddled morass of a Philadelphia crime story set in 1978 ...

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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What's left is an awkward blend of tragedy and comedy, in a movie that doesn't feel as if it has earned the right to be either.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A fair amount of the film leaves you wondering about the categorizations it's courted as a dark comedy. If the tag legitimately applies, then it takes Slattery a while to find his footing, if he ever really does.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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What began as an intriguing snapshot begins to feel grotesque and inscrutable.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A tonally scattershot indie film. The biggest misstep of the movie is the trite narration from Richard Jenkins, who espouses a kind of low-level loser pride in his columns for the local paper.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

So unlikeable are these characters and disinteresting their plight that investing even a crumb of energy into their story is an investment wasted.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

The film skates unevenly between spit-and-sawdust realism, mean-streets crime anecdote and queasy black comedy, but it's never boring.

August 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Everyone gets at least one good scene, but the cumulative effect of all these rampaging tragedies and outbreaks of black comedy is ultimately rather exhausting.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The cast is amazing and the film has a certain grim visual beauty. But ultimately there is little here but ugly senselessness.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Its cast features some of Hollywood's most redoubtable character actors, among them Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final appearances before his untimely death earlier this year.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A fitfully amusing Our Town that struggles to come to any kind of meaningful conclusion.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

God's Pocket is the best Pete Dexter film, true to his louche, combative vision, tonally surprising, violent and alarming at one moment, then rudely funny and grotesque.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

An uneven debut from John Slattery that nonetheless shows flashes of flair and a jet-black sense of humour.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

God's Pocket feels like watching a television series where you've missed the early episodes and are struggling to catch up. Who's who? What's what? When is it even set? You assume it is the 1970s.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It makes a very plausible whole, and Hoffman is great.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Given how fresh the pain of Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing still feels, it's perhaps a relief that gloomy tragicomedy God's Pocket - which marks one of his final roles - never engages seriously with the reality of death.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Like the fortunes of Hoffman's doomed protagonist, goes from bad to worse.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The lack of coherence and backstory makes it hard to gain any sort of dramatic hold, not helped by Slattery's uncertain shifts in tone.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

This is sustained and never less than watchable: a suddenly-major film, clinging on doggedly to its minor-ness.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

For all its vim, the film tries to have its steak and eat it by scolding those who patronise the working man - then getting him drunk and watching him fall over.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

If this film is any indication, [John] Slattery has an auspicious second career ahead of him behind the camera.

August 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Slattery's flick depicts its close-knit, blue-collar community with economy and insight.

August 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Slattery draws terrific performances from his superb cast: Hoffman and Turturro make an appealing best buddies double act, while Hendricks is heart-breaking as the grief-stricken mother and her scenes with Jenkins are quietly devastating.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

While the framework suggests an intriguing examination of guilt and redemption, the approach is too earnest and the story is too contrived.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
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