God's Pocket Reviews

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August 30, 2019
God's Pocket is worth a look -- certainly as one of the last performances of the great Hoffman, but also as an ambitious, if ultimately faulty directorial debut from long time actor Slattery.
March 28, 2019
The tone, writing, and performances in God's Pocket are all incredibly awkward, which is a surprise considering the artists at work.
March 2, 2019
... something that's trying to be a dark comedy that doesn't know how to handle that "dark" part, so instead it just ends up being sad ... and a little disappointing.
December 11, 2018
God's Pocket feels like three separate movies. And none of them moved me.
August 18, 2017
John Slattery ... makes his directorial debut with this film and does a good job of it, but there's a problem with the script which is neither here nor there in terms of its commitment to drama or comedy.
August 4, 2017
So long as Slattery trains his lens on the bars and back rooms of this salty-dog slum, this film is great fun, if an acquired taste.
June 21, 2016
It's place full of colorful characters but lacking in a particularly interesting tale to tell, or a particularly interesting way to tell it.
June 18, 2016
Slattery shows real promise as a director, guiding his actors with ease and effectively evoking a very specific time and place.
April 7, 2016
God's Pocket reveals Slattery as a capable director who can provide a generous playground for his actors, but his expressive ways need tempering. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 9, 2015
Its crazed whirlwind of tones suddenly made perfect sense once the location is established. If you're from Philly, you'll get it.
October 10, 2014
The colour balance, locations, set designs and dialogue have an authenticity we rarely see in bigger budget movies and the characters are, well, characters.
September 27, 2014
God's Pocket is strange one, but a strange one that I can't stop thinking about.
September 19, 2014
A tonally scattershot indie film. The biggest misstep of the movie is the trite narration from Richard Jenkins, who espouses a kind of low-level loser pride in his columns for the local paper.
August 21, 2014
So unlikeable are these characters and disinteresting their plight that investing even a crumb of energy into their story is an investment wasted.
August 10, 2014
The film skates unevenly between spit-and-sawdust realism, mean-streets crime anecdote and queasy black comedy, but it's never boring.
August 8, 2014
Everyone gets at least one good scene, but the cumulative effect of all these rampaging tragedies and outbreaks of black comedy is ultimately rather exhausting.
August 8, 2014
The cast is amazing and the film has a certain grim visual beauty. But ultimately there is little here but ugly senselessness.
August 8, 2014
Its cast features some of Hollywood's most redoubtable character actors, among them Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final appearances before his untimely death earlier this year.
August 8, 2014
A fitfully amusing Our Town that struggles to come to any kind of meaningful conclusion.
August 8, 2014
God's Pocket is the best Pete Dexter film, true to his louche, combative vision, tonally surprising, violent and alarming at one moment, then rudely funny and grotesque.
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