Dominick and Eugene 1988

Dominick and Eugene

Critics Consensus

Thanks to strong performances and a steady directorial hand, Dominick and Eugene successfully navigates potentially tricky themes in thoughtful, compelling fashion without resorting to trite sentimentality.

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Two brothers -- Eugene (Ray Liotta), an ambitious medical student, and Nicky (Tom Hulce), a mentally challenged garbage worker -- live together, with Eugene looking after Nicky. But their relationship is strained when Eugene's medical career, and his relationship with nurse Jennifer (Jamie Lee Curtis), force him to consider separating from his brother. When Nicky intervenes in a child-abuse situation on behalf of a neighborhood boy, the resulting trouble with the law may tip Eugene's decision.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hulce
Dominick 'Nicky' Luciano
Ray Liotta
Eugene 'Gino' Luciano
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jennifer Reston
Todd Graff
Larry Higgins
Mimi Cecchini
Mrs. Gianelli
Robert Levine
Dr. Levinson
Bill Cobbs
Jesse Johnson
David Strathairn
Martin Chernak
Danny Porfirio
Writer
Trevor Jones
Original Music
Curtis Clark
Cinematographer
Arthur Coburn
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Critic Reviews for Dominick and Eugene

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (4)

  • Dominick and Eugene is every bit as icky as its premise would suggest, and possibly even more so. The film is a heavy, clanging guilt machine that functions by systematically exploiting Nicky's handicap.

    October 17, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The film's shameless efforts to reach for the jugular mainly land in bathos.

    October 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Taking potentially sticky material...Young has held a hard line and has shaped a story of relationships that rings pure and fine as crystal.

    October 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Young's socially-concerned drama is unafraid of tackling complex emotional issues, but what few patronising and hackneyed insights it offers are waved like red flags. Unsophisticated.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • As directed by Robert M. Young, ''Dominick and Eugene'' has a refreshing plainness and a welcome unwillingness to milk the story for more pathos than is warranted.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Eventually, Robert M. Young's "Dominick and Eugene" wraps itself up neat as a button, but until that time Young produces an absorbingly messy blue-collar, white-collar Pittsburgh melodrama.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dominick and Eugene

  • May 14, 2011
    the unlikely pairing of tom hulce and ray liotta is the thing here, hulce predictably in the walkaway gimme role of "someone mentally challenged" and ray liotta as a nice guy(gasp!). a feel good movie that feels good.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2009
    It has it's moments, here and there, but overall <i>Dominick and Eugene</i> plays like a bad after-school special. Heavy on the sentimentality and lite on the realism. The intentions seem sincere but the result is often sappy and sometimes ridiculous.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2008
    Not a bad bit of film. I rarely see Tom Hulce outside of Amadeus and his performance here is good..okay maybe a bit too much after school special.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2008
    This movie started out lame but the ending made up for it.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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