What Doesn't Kill You

Critic Score

65%

User Score

46%
In theaters Dec 12, 2008
R, 1 hr. 40 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: Inspired by his own tough childhood on the unforgiving streets of South Boston, director/co-screenwriter (along with Paul T. Murray and Donnie Wahlberg) Brian Goodman's tough-talking crime drama
Director: Brian Goodman
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Dec 12, 2008
DVD Release: Apr 28, 2009

Critic Reviews

  • The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo. More...
  • 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. More...
  • I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood. More...
  • Nothing really going on here More...
  • It feels, if not like real life, at least like a movie you haven't seen before. More...
  • This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along. More...
  • The territory is familiar, both geographically and thematically. But that doesn't detract from its authenticity and power. More...
  • 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. More...
  • Its modesty and understated detail lend moral weight to the mooks' deeds, and make the burgeoning self-awareness and -- you guessed it -- redemption of one of them actually feel earned. More...
  • 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. More...

User Reviews

  • Interesting, and worth while, crime drama about small time thieves in Boston. This is well made, and the acting is very good. A little slow at times,...
  • Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet, Will Lyman, Brian Goodman, Donnie Wahlberg, Angela Featherstone, Edward Lynch, Bates Wilder...
  • What doesn't Kill is the type of film that has been done many times before, and therefore not that original. However, I found the film to be quite...
  • The sad thing about this movie is the actors involved are extremely talented and do their jobs well. Ruffalo, Hawke, and Amanda Peet work damn hard at...
  • Two incredibly gifted actors in Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo - maybe the two most underrated in films today - are wasted beyond belief as two friends...
  • Poor cliche approach to a cliche subject matter
  • The movie had some good decent actors with Ethan and Mark but the story itself in this film wasn't much about anything that really catch my attention...
  • In "What Doesn't Kill You," Brian(Mark Ruffalo) and Paul(Ethan Hawke) are two small time thieves who have to give a percentage of their earnings to...
  • This was a pretty intense movie, but it felt as though as I watching it in fast forward. What Doesn't Kill You is the story of two brothers, who grow...
  • Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet, and Donnie Wahlberg's performances in this film make the film worth seeing. Ruffalo and Hawke remind me here...