What Doesn't Kill You - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

What Doesn't Kill You Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 19, 2008
The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 19, 2008
Goodman doesn't allow even a hint of postmodernism or self-consciousness to creep into What Doesn't Kill You, and though the movie's various heists and shootouts are gripping, they aren't especially kinetic or stylish.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 15, 2008
I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 15, 2008
Nothing really going on here
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2008
It feels, if not like real life, at least like a movie you haven't seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 12, 2008
This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 12, 2008
The territory is familiar, both geographically and thematically. But that doesn't detract from its authenticity and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 12, 2008
Rather it tells a good story well, and in the process quietly says a little something about what it means to look at the American dream from the bottom up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
December 9, 2008
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 3, 2008
A tough, authentic street drama born, bred, and shot in the 
 no-spin zone of working-class South Boston.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2008
We've all seen this film before -- two hoodlum friends from the tough, violent streets of South Boston trying to cope with the lure of easy money and the offsetting threat of jail time -- but we've never seen it this well done.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 15, 2008
A fine example of traditional American storytelling lined with full-bodied performances, pic is especially notable for giving Mark Ruffalo the kind of complete role this subtle, instinctive actor has long deserved yet too seldom gets.