We Own the Night Reviews

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February 1, 2019
It is Gray's feel for the kinetic action sequence which is probably We Own the Night's greatest strength.
July 5, 2018
This is complex stuff, and Gray gives it a sense of gravity that comes through not only in the acting-with Phoenix's increasingly heavy-souled performance anchoring things in nearly every shot-but also the filmmaking.
November 18, 2011
July 6, 2010
An intriguing blend of mainstream audience-pleaser and a more subtle, even intellectual agenda.
July 6, 2010
Director-writer James Gray makes it all seem more urgent than it has any right to feel, because he knows how to make tense, violent dramas that are soaking in mood.
July 6, 2010
This is a man's movie: gritty, macho, and lacking in grace.
December 20, 2009
If We Own the Night is flawed and somewhat choppy, it served notice that Gray, once he refined his technique, would be a force to be reckoned with in the cinema world.
August 27, 2009
Gray assumes rather than dramatizes the depths of his characters, scanning for gravitas where there are only rickety clichs
October 18, 2008
It's not surprising, but it's engaging enough that most patrons will likely cut the director some slack for the out-of-period details and convoluted plot contrivances that make the film seem at once sloppy and too neat.
October 18, 2008
A generic thriller that aims for deeper resonance, We Own The Night is an intriguing feature, undermined by a plot that stretches credulity, yet which still manages to conform to predictable gangster flick clich.
October 18, 2008
July 22, 2008
Although We Own the Night is never as suspenseful as it wants to be and can be a little formulaic, it never comes close to being boring, and that's something you can't say too often about movies these days.
May 24, 2008
(We Own the Night) was terribly written and just such a waste of great actors.
April 3, 2008
The pace may be a shade plodding at times, and the dialogue frequently does disservice to the subject matter. Yet the performances lift it out of the rut...
March 19, 2008
Lovers of good straightforward thrillers should find plenty to enjoy here.
March 4, 2008
It's a roller coaster, mainly because a good scene is typically followed by a bad one. For every thrill, there is a melodramatic moment that just doesn't work.
February 29, 2008
The drama gains momentum in the second half, so the film gets better, but it's never too far from cliche.
February 29, 2008
We Own the Night is a film of solid performances but one that tries too hard while stuck in familiar territory.
February 21, 2008
These are some of the finest actors in America, so it's no surprise that they deliver the goods and create solid, complex and accessible characters we can understand.
February 15, 2008
We Own the Night declaws the organized crime genre.
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