• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Brian Goodman
    In Theaters:
    Dec 12, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 28, 2009
  • Yari Film Group


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What Doesn't Kill You Reviews

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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Nothing really going on here

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 15, 2008
Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
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Ruffalo draws on his knack for summoning an incongruous brooding bulk from within, and the result almost sucks the air from Hawke's rangy routine of nerves and sinewy smiles.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 9, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

You'd be forgiven for thinking, while watching What Doesn't Kill You, that it was still 2007.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2008
Eric D. Snider

The story is generic and uncompelling, coming across as just another gritty drama about a major city's criminal underbelly.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

September 20, 2008
Geoff Berkshire

Simply too familiar and ponderous to succeed in a genre with movies as riveting as The Departed.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2008
Gabriel Shanks
Modern Fabulousity

Little more than a middling variation on gangster thematics, better explored in The Sopranos and elsewhere.

Full Review Source: Modern Fabulousity | Original Score: C-

December 10, 2008
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It's admirable that Brian Goodman came back from life on the streets, two jail terms and a bad drug habit to make a movie, but considering its real life genesis the movie feels awfully warmed over

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 12, 2008
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

For a true-crime story, there's surprisingly little dramatic arc.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

June 7, 2009
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

I guess I should just be happy it didn't end up worse and hope these guys don't come hurt me for saying all this.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

December 12, 2008
David Noh
Film Journal International

Been there, seen that-many times-is the best one can say for this wholly predictable autobiographical account of a life in crime.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 17, 2008
Michael Dequina

| Original Score: 2/5

January 3, 2009
Dave White

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2011
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

The film won't win any prizes for originality, but it's elevated by two hugely engaging performances from Ruffalo and Hawke. Rubbish title, though.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 4/5

September 1, 2013
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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It feels, if not like real life, at least like a movie you haven't seen before.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 12, 2008
David D'Arcy
Screen International

Goodman's directing shows a sure hand at the Irish Goodfellas genre, and his actors (including Goodman himself) rally to give the picture plenty of credibility.

Full Review Source: Screen International

September 15, 2008
Edward Douglas

There's a realism to this story we don't often see in crime dramas, and that can only have come from someone who actually lived through it themselves.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7.5/10

December 9, 2008
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A mostly gripping, well-acted and surprisingly engrossing crime drama. Mark Ruffalo delivers an Oscar worthy performance that's both sensitive and surprisingly moving.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 7.5/10

January 31, 2009
Chris Barsanti

Though hardly a failure, What Doesn't Kill You is in the final measure definitely not what it could have been.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 11, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 15, 2008

The film is well done, gritty and raw, clearly showing the desperation in a city where opportunities are limited and crime is just another job. Ethan Hawke is a pretty risky choice as he just screams supermodel, not gangster, but after a bit of drooling,

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: 7/10

December 13, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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