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Brooklyn Rules Reviews

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Heather Huntington
August 22, 2008
Should you see this '80s mafia drama? Fugeddaboudit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2008
Top cast delivers terrific characterisations, with all three leads showing deep talents, as does Mena Suvari in a small and thankless but important role.
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
a fuzzy film sporting more bad Brooklyn accents and mob-movie cliches than Knockaround Guys which, all things considered, is hard to do.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
September 22, 2007
A sometimes funny, occasionally maudlin coming-of-age dramedy that wants to be Goodfellas but might have been called Mild in the Streets.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
September 22, 2007
Aggressively derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 22, 2007
However authentic and heartfelt this film's depiction of life on the meaner streets of the Northeast corridor may be, it doesn't begin to match The Sopranos' epic vision of violence, class struggle and upward mobility in a barbarous culture.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2007
Whether it's read as an exclamation of borough pride or as a set of unwritten laws governing its residents, the movie takes a well-trodden path in chronicling the lives of three Italian American friends, circa 1985.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 3, 2007
If we were playing by mob rules, this movie would get the 'slicer' treatment for trying to impersonate a Scorsese picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 1, 2007
Absolutely nothing to recommend the film as anything other than a sagging collection of predictable clichés and brain-numbing boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2007
Capturing Manhattan's essence is easy. But capturing life inside provincial New York City -- is something that eludes most filmmakers...And now add Brooklyn Rules to the short list of movies that get it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 13, 2007
Against all odds, it remains surprisingly watchable.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 13, 2007
...Winter's coming-of-age-in-the-1980s saga is content to rewalk the same mean streets, never ducking into one alley or back room we haven't visited.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cathy Jakicic
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 12, 2007
Singularly unoriginal, full of clichà (C)s and tough-neighborhood set pieces tied together with GoodFellas-style voice-over narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Linder
IGN Movies
June 22, 2007
Brooklyn Rules is a watchable flick but it's also tired and derivative, which is a shame given the talent involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
May 30, 2007
Ah, the nostalgic mob drama. No matter the brutality, the blood, or the sheer fear that shape the memory, movies and TV tend to make life in the mob a growth experience.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2007
Years after Federal Hill (1994), director Michael Corrente is still doing low-budget Mean Streets knockoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Pete Hammond
May 21, 2007
Although yet another set-in-the-80's coming of age film, it's a familiar but affecting story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
May 21, 2007
It all remains as charming and likable as the mutt that Bobby adopts, and the genuine New York locations sure beat Toronto.
May 19, 2007
Brooklyn Rules has enough heart and personality to freshen what could easily be construed as stale cannoli.
May 18, 2007
Director Michael Corrente and screenwriter Terence Winter don't miss a cliché, but they spin them smartly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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