God's Pocket Reviews

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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.
August 7, 2014
It makes a very plausible whole, and Hoffman is great.
August 7, 2014
Like the fortunes of Hoffman's doomed protagonist, goes from bad to worse.
May 22, 2014
A dud.
May 16, 2014
Turns out accents and attitude only go so far.
May 16, 2014
A messy, shallow, muddled morass of a Philadelphia crime story set in 1978 ...
May 15, 2014
What's left is an awkward blend of tragedy and comedy, in a movie that doesn't feel as if it has earned the right to be either.
May 15, 2014
A fair amount of the film leaves you wondering about the categorizations it's courted as a dark comedy. If the tag legitimately applies, then it takes Slattery a while to find his footing, if he ever really does.
May 15, 2014
What began as an intriguing snapshot begins to feel grotesque and inscrutable.
May 15, 2014
Who can quibble when the source material is a novel by Peter Dexter ("Paris Trout"), the debut director is John Slattery ("Mad Men") and the actors are such seasoned pros?
May 15, 2014
Though the neighborhood of God's Pocket is fictional, and never precisely located, Slattery's rendering of it is vivid and authentic.
May 15, 2014
Although it contains some interesting characters, "God's Pocket," like the neighborhood it depicts, is the kind of place you can't wait to escape, even if its inhabitants cannot.
May 15, 2014
In an attempt for restrained, matured respectability, the picture makes even murder seem dull.
May 15, 2014
Too many of the attempts at "The Sopranos"-style comic drama fail. Maybe the comedy beats are a little off. Or maybe these people are just too gloomy to generate much hilarity.
May 14, 2014
It seems like [Director John] Slattery is going for black comedy, but here and there he trips over his own empathy for the suffering souls onscreen.
May 13, 2014
John Slattery's direction is skilled and steady... Great actors at the top of their game working with rich material.
May 12, 2014
Slattery goes for lower-depths naturalism, including extensive scenes in a neighborhood bar, and then tries, without sufficient brio, to transform the misery into black comedy.
Top Critic
May 11, 2014
It's always unfortunate to see potential wasted onscreen, in acting, writing, or directing. It's worse to see it happen all at once with artists universally known as capable of much more.
May 9, 2014
Slattery adapted the book with Alex Metcalf and gets the tone just right. The film is damnably amusing.
May 9, 2014
A tonally inconsistent, deadly dull slice of working class life that may have a great cast but remains forgettable in every way its star so often refused to be.
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