'R Xmas Reviews

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October 8, 2019
I'd welcome another chance to see Abel Ferrara's R-Xmas, a vertiginous, anti-Sopranos riff on middle-class drug dealers...Ferrara's uncharacteristic restraint and understatement registered as a unique accomplishment.
January 5, 2018
Inspired by a supposedly true story by Cassandra De Jesus, this low-key drama is prime Abel Ferrara territory: a New York tale rumbling with irony and ambiguity.
August 9, 2006
June 22, 2006
De Matteo ... boasts enough intelligence, attitude and ferocity to ignite even the most mundane of moments.
May 26, 2006
[This] dark, woozy Christmas movie is one of Ferrara's best films.
December 6, 2005
July 6, 2005
September 29, 2004
An undeveloped story.
August 8, 2004
Can't quite deliver the goods, but it still provides a few highs along the way.
February 1, 2003
Highlighted by a gritty style and an excellent cast, it's better than one might expect when you look at the list of movies starring Ice-T in a major role.
December 16, 2002
The heart of the film is the drop dead sexy Drea De Matteo who, as the mother and real head of the family, commands every scene.
December 13, 2002
It's hard to believe that something so short could be so flabby.
December 7, 2002
Spare yet audacious...
December 1, 2002
The main characters are simply named The Husband, The Wife and The Kidnapper, emphasizing the disappointingly generic nature of the entire effort.
November 22, 2002
Ferrara's best film in years.
November 21, 2002
Once Ice-T sticks his mug in the window of the couple's BMW and begins haranguing the wife in bad stage dialogue, all credibility flies out the window.
November 21, 2002
Assured, glossy and shot through with brittle desperation.
November 21, 2002
Imagine O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi relocated to the scuzzy underbelly of NYC's drug scene. Merry friggin' Christmas!
November 19, 2002
Ferrara's strongest and most touching movie of recent years.
November 18, 2002
Ferrara directs the entire film with the kind of detachment that makes any given frame look like a family's custom-made Christmas card.
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