'R Xmas Reviews

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.
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
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 7, 2002
Spare yet audacious...
November 22, 2002
Ferrara's best film in years.
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.
November 8, 2002
R Xmas offers a poetic and profane ambiguity that's vintage Ferrara.
November 7, 2002
Admirers of director Abel Ferrara may be relieved that his latest feature, R Xmas, marks a modest if encouraging return to form.
July 22, 2002
It may be about drug dealers, kidnapping, and unsavory folks, but the tone and pacing are shockingly intimate.
July 8, 2002
Essentially, this is Abel Fererra's It's a Wonderful Life.