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The Yards Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
December 15, 2010
How "The Yards" shifts toward crime drama through character rather than pure plot is hard to disclose without divesting twists. Inspired by real-life scandal, James Gray lets personal insight color Shakespearean shenanigans of privilege, panic and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
August 5, 2008
An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 9, 2007
Sem medo de evocar comparações com "O Poderoso Chefão", Gray cria um filme repleto de personagens ambíguos e uma forte atmosfera de tristeza e desesperança moral.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 30, 2007
...the filmmaker's use of dark visuals effectively matches the moody, almost operatic tone of the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 14, 2007
Understatement is something that one would not normally associate with such a pulpy tale, but that's what makes Gray's film surprisingly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
I can't remember when a film so well-acted and so well-rendered visually was also so oppressive to sit through.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 28, 2006
Writer/director James Gray tells the story with an impressive urban palate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 6, 2005
Lacks the pizzazz of energetic pulp, but doesn't replace it with any compensatory insight or power.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
A very good film, and though obviously flawed, it does generate one form of elation: the feeling of seeing a young director stick to the guns of his tricky, ambitious material, and find the right people to tell his story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Geoffrey Macnab
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Self-consciously elegiac, The Yards is a slow-burning but meticulously crafted family melodrama posing as a thriller.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Atmospheric, worthy-but dull crime drama, with a largely wasted cast of greats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
This is a story with Shakespeare-league themes -- greed, betrayal, graft, corruption. It's too much to expect Shakespeare-level dialogue, and we don't get it. But what we do get is pretty darned good.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
Though The Yards starts with a familiar crime plot, it becomes fascinating because of its characters.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Despite Gray's insistence on lighting everything as if this were Don Corleone in a drawing room, The Yards remains a vacant lot.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 11, 2002
A well-presented but grim drama that unravels about halfway through...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
The true star of the film was the cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
Its realism in a fastidiously plausible plot is given energy and life by an exemplary ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
October 2, 2001
Una buena opción para quienes desean ver buenas actuaciones y una historia sobre problemática social y moral...
| Original Score: 8.5/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 7, 2001
It looks like we've seen this all before but this has life and directions of its own that make it very rewarding viewing.
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