The Drop (2014)



Critic Consensus: There's no shortage of similarly themed crime dramas, but The Drop rises above the pack with a smartly written script and strong cast.

Movie Info

THE DROP is a new crime drama from MichaŽl R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), THE DROP follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters - "money drops" in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an … More

Rating: R (for some strong violence and pervasive language.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Dennis Lehane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2015
Box Office: $10.7M
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as Bob Saginowski

as Cousin Marv

as Detective Torres

as Dottie

as Detective Romsey

as Father Regan

as Angry Patron

as Cashier

as Old Timer #1

as Old Timer #2

as Cocktail Waitress

as Tim Brennan

as Bearded Chechen

as Detective Dexter

as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for The Drop

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (37)

As a vehicle for those two actors, The Drop is gangbusters.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The Drop is one of the finest crime dramas you're likely to see in a long time, graced by some truly exceptional performances.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015
Indie London

Hardy does his sweet-and-tender-hooligan specialty.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

Movies seldom did right by Gandolfini, though he always did right by them.

Full Review… | June 9, 2015
Spliced Personality

The Drop is an enigma.

Full Review… | June 7, 2015
2UE That Movie Show

The film is just three degrees off being brilliant yet is always creepingly moving, and I loved its lived-in squalor.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for The Drop


I knew very little of this movie when I saw a small tv advertisement for the dvd. I thought man, James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy, this HAS to be good. So, I gave it shot. It's about 2 guys that work at a drop bar that gets robbed. One of them may or may not have had something to do with it, and from there a web of lies and deception forms as the police investigate the robbery and a murder of a neighborhood local. I don't want to go too much into it, because I knew very little going in, and that plays to the strength of the movie. This film is pretty slow, and about an hour in you may check your watch and be like "this has to go somewhere!" But I PROMISE you, STICK with it! This movie has a great payoff and unlike a lot of movies nowadays, it finishes strong. Gandolfini gives a great performance, and it's so hard to believe he is gone. Tom Hardy proves once again he is one of the most underrated actors out there. The guy has IT and is just something special when he is in a movie. If you like movies like "The Departed" or "The Town", then you should check it this out. Not as good as those, but it's in the same ballpark.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Even if the characters are interesting (with the exception of a useless policeman that shouldn't even be there) and the slow-burning plot is engaging, the clunky ending makes it feel like it doesn't know exactly what it wants to say, with its last two scenes being redundant and inconsistent.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

When a money drop is stolen, a bartender and his boss get unwanted attention from the local mob.
My birthday movie this year is a slow burn. The plot takes a while to unfold and there isn't the usual signposting that we've come to expect from most crime dramas, but as the film develops, it becomes more a character study than a crime film. And Tom Hardy gives a compelling and nuanced performance. While the scenes with the dog became too heavy-handed for my taste and there were times when Hardy's character is too naive to carry the film, by the end, patience pays off.
Overall, The Drop isn't the antidote to crime-lauding shit, but it's good enough to show other filmmakers that character-centered dramas are just as compelling as special effects.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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