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Knockaround Guys (2002)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 23

Well-acted, but it's too derivative.



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A big score goes wrong in a big way for a bunch of aspiring gangsters in this crime comedy. Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper) is the son of a mid-level Brooklyn mob boss, Benny "Chains" Demaret (Dennis Hopper). When Matty was 12 years old, Benny and Uncle Teddy (John Malkovich) decided to see if Matty had what it took to be in the mob; they gave the boy a gun and ordered him to shoot a longtime enemy of the family. Matty lacked the nerve to do it, and ever since, Benny has been convinced his son is a

Feb 25, 2003


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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (79) | DVD (19)

This heist flick about young Brooklyn hoods is off the shelf after two years to capitalize on the popularity of Vin Diesel, Seth Green and Barry Pepper. It should have stayed there.

November 19, 2002
Rolling Stone
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Perhaps if co-directors David Levien and Brian Koppelman had spent more time devising a coherent vision for the film, we would not have felt as knocked around after watching it.

October 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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We know the plot's a little crazy, but it held my interest from start to finish.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Will only satisfy those who can't tell the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A guilty pleasure.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Instantly forgettable.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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No less stale than the many derivative crime thrillers that flood the direct-to-video market.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

What sounds like a formula for freakish violence and a torrent of incessant expletives is in fact a stylish mobster film that stands out due to some very inventive casting.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Even the top ensemble case of Knockaround Guys, headed by the ever-remarkable John Malkovich and charismatic Vin Diesel, can't jump the brick wall that the script hits in the last 20 minutes.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Diesel is excellent as a compassionate pre-XXX tough guy (the film has been on the shelf for nearly two years).

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Knockaround Guys just doesn't deserve to get made, either literally or figuratively, and isn't worth the time needed to discover that this particular up-and-comer is yesterday's news.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Borrowing heavily from leftfield genre spin-offs like True Romance, it's no wonder this misfire was on the shelves for so long.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The dialogue is almost a bit too conscious of its own wittiness and street-tough colloquialisms.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

Putting the faces of hot young stars on the same old parts doesn't make the movie any fresher.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

O roteiro é interessante, mas se perde no final, com o tiroteio obrigatório.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

When the movie mixes the cornpone and the Cosa Nostra, it finds a nice rhythm.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

Guns get drawn. Bullets fly. Blood spills. You've seen it all before.

May 20, 2003 | Comment (1)
Palo Alto Weekly

Real gangsters often love gangster films, but it's a safe bet that Knockaround Guys won't be on their all-time hit list.

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It may not be instantly forgettable, but it comes close.

January 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

It's mildly interesting to ponder the peculiar American style of justice that plays out here, but it's so muddled and derivative that few will bother thinking it all through.

December 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Fails to convince the audience that these brats will ever be anything more than losers.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Comment (1)

Un film au potentiel certain, saboté par les clichés et un montage impatient.

November 16, 2002 Full Review Source:

When it comes to Knockaround Guys, the only remotely energetic aspect of the project is the fact that characters occasionally use words with more than two syllables.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source:

The first-time directors previously penned the screenplay Rounders, and while their attention to setting and detail in both films is commendable, their development of character and storyline could stand some improvement.

October 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

No better or worse than 'Truth or Consequences, N.M.' or any other interchangeable actioner with imbecilic Mafia toolbags botching a routine assignment in a Western backwater.

October 19, 2002
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Knockaround Guys

Everywhere they go, they're sure to be a hit.

Good movie. It's no Goodfellas, but this watchable, well-crafted little mob story is easy to take, and goes a long way on its appealing cast and dark, profane sense of humor. Vin Diesel kicked ass, don't mess with him. Nice good story which entertained me late at night. The acting was decent, nothing bad to say about this movie. Popcorn movie to watch with your guy friend's.

The four sons (Diesel, Green, Pepper, Davoli) of major Brooklyn mobsters have to team up to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. Specifically, the story gets started when Matt Demaret (Pepper) goes on a job to deliver the money for his mob father (Hopper) on the advice of his uncle (Malkovich). Things don't go as planned though...
June 30, 2011
Manu Gino

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Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper, Seth Green, Dov Tiefenbach

The film follows four sons of well-known Brooklyn-based mobsters and their desperate fight to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. As they unite to find the money, they come face-to-face with the bloodshed and betrayal that is their birthright.
I thought it had a great cast. Thought the movie was good. Little slow to begin with but got better as it went. Good little mob story.
December 8, 2009

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A lean, mean, funny and stylish tough guy thriller. It packs major star power and cold blopded gunplay. A hard-hitting, fast paced and enjoyable film. Thrilling, pulse-pounding and exceptional. Packs lots of action and humor. Dennis Hopper, John Malkovich, Barry Pepper, Andrew Davoli, Seth Green and Vin Diesel give great and sensational performances.
February 4, 2008

Super Reviewer

Did John Malkovich owe these guys some money or something?
December 10, 2007

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