We Own the Night Reviews

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Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 6, 2010
An intriguing blend of mainstream audience-pleaser and a more subtle, even intellectual agenda.
Dave White
Movies.com
July 6, 2010
Director-writer James Gray makes it all seem more urgent than it has any right to feel, because he knows how to make tense, violent dramas that are soaking in mood.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
This is a man's movie: gritty, macho, and lacking in grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
December 20, 2009
If We Own the Night is flawed and somewhat choppy, it served notice that Gray, once he refined his technique, would be a force to be reckoned with in the cinema world.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Gray assumes rather than dramatizes the depths of his characters, scanning for gravitas where there are only rickety clichés
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
It's not surprising, but it's engaging enough that most patrons will likely cut the director some slack for the out-of-period details and convoluted plot contrivances that make the film seem at once sloppy and too neat.
Jay Richardson
Future Movies UK
October 18, 2008
A generic thriller that aims for deeper resonance, We Own The Night is an intriguing feature, undermined by a plot that stretches credulity, yet which still manages to conform to predictable gangster flick cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
July 22, 2008
Although We Own the Night is never as suspenseful as it wants to be and can be a little formulaic, it never comes close to being boring, and that's something you can't say too often about movies these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
May 24, 2008
(We Own the Night) was terribly written and just such a waste of great actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
The pace may be a shade plodding at times, and the dialogue frequently does disservice to the subject matter. Yet the performances lift it out of the rut...
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 19, 2008
Lovers of good straightforward thrillers should find plenty to enjoy here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
It's a roller coaster, mainly because a good scene is typically followed by a bad one. For every thrill, there is a melodramatic moment that just doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
February 29, 2008
The drama gains momentum in the second half, so the film gets better, but it's never too far from cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2008
These are some of the finest actors in America, so it's no surprise that they deliver the goods and create solid, complex and accessible characters we can understand.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
February 15, 2008
We Own the Night declaws the organized crime genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
February 2, 2008
Eva Mendes seems to basically be around just to work hard feeding her man Joaquin's erotic fantasies for some relaxation on his down time, in this grim, meandering excursion through Brooklyn's mean streets.
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 18, 2008
[Gray's] feel for dialogue has rarely failed him, and it doesn't here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 16, 2008
Traz vários bons momentos que o transformam em um exemplar de gênero acima da média, a começar por alguns excelentes diálogos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 14, 2008
haraktires poy tha mporoysan aneta na perasoyn arketo hrono akoma se skoteina syrtaria, mpas kai mporesoyn na skoteiniasoyn arketa oi idioi gia na metamorfothoyn se kati esto endiaferon an ohi diaforetiko
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 20, 2007
You probably won't hate it, but that's because you probably won't feel much of anything about it
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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