The Lords of Flatbush Reviews

September 7, 2020
An early nostalgia tour of the 1950s, The Lords of Flatbush is a rough sketch of a bigger, better movie that is mostly remembered today for the careers it helped launch.
June 22, 2020
All this made the movie both a hit and a very fondly remembered artifact of its era... And like American Graffiti before it, and Dazed & Confused after it, it had a cast of young actors of its era who would go on to distinguish themselves in the future.
September 2, 2011
Harmless coming-of-age-teen gang pic.
July 25, 2010
The movie is adept at portraying aimlessness, getting at the greasy anomie that was so much a part of that time. But there is a lack of ambition, as if no one involved in creating the film wanted to cut deeper than a little double-edged nostalgia.
July 25, 2010
The film is a character piece that wanders from place to place with no single impetus, although one gets the feeling that this technique is intentional.
March 26, 2009
Not too much finesse distinguishes the script, which carries neither warmth nor particular interest for the various characters.
June 11, 2008
February 9, 2006
A small masterpiece that places the mood and general ethos of the '50s with absolute precision and total affection.
July 6, 2005
May 9, 2005
Like first love, this study of the growing pains of the leather jacket-bobby soxer Brooklyn high school set of 1957 is, by turns, cheerful, confused, juvenile and never fully realized.
January 19, 2005
September 19, 2003
August 22, 2003
May 28, 2003
Affectionately done and thankfully short, since it's episodic.