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The Friends of Eddie Coyle Reviews

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January 2, 2018
Director Peter Yates' backdrops of the working-class outskirts of Boston during the shabbiest part of the 1970s are unparalleled.
August 14, 2017
A bit gruesome, but potent viewing nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 14, 2017
Chilling gangster melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 14, 2017
In a quality cast, Peter Boyle stands out as the hitman and so-called "friend" who's given the job of eliminating Mitchum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 5, 2017
The best Boston movie evah.
February 2, 2016
Robert Mitchum brings late-career gravitas to this brilliant Boston-set crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 28, 2015
[An] un-romanticized portrayal of organized crime ... In Coyle, the heists don't go according to plan, the gun dealers are teenagers or junkies, and mob hits are messy affairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 17, 2013
Deep weariness and disappointment hover in every gesture and line reading, especially when [Robert Mitchum] manages to get off a funny remark
July 9, 2011
Peter Yates' crime drama is chock-full of wonderful moments, creative framing (especially an intrusion in a bank teller's home early on in the proceedings), and emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
June 8, 2011
Laced with a fatalism as romantic as its Beantown milieu is damp and grungy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 11, 2010
Great icon-smashing and icon-making all in one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 29, 2010
Mitchums low-key performance as a total schlemiel is one of his finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 30, 2009
a slow burn crime thriller that may lack flash, but is heavy with presence
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2009
Though the picture doesn't really establish itself as any kind of masterpiece, it's a very, very good example of gritty 1970s Hollywood filmmaking.
May 19, 2009
... [Robert] Mitchum is at his best as a tired professional still hustling because it's all he knows.
May 18, 2009
It's a slug's-eye view of autumnal Greater Boston, remote when not sleazy; even when Mitchum and Boyle attend a Bruins hockey game, it's in the nosebleed seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 26, 2009
A very fine film about real people on the fringes of both crime and law enforcement.
March 23, 2009
Mitchum's true swan song
| Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2006
The cast lend the film an authority that Yates' curiously pedestrian approach fails to provide.
May 9, 2005
A good, tough, unsentimental movie about the last days of a small-time Boston hood.
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