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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
January 18, 2008
[Gray's] feel for dialogue has rarely failed him, and it doesn't here.
January 16, 2008
Traz vrios bons momentos que o transformam em um exemplar de gnero acima da mdia, a comear por alguns excelentes dilogos.
December 14, 2007
The stand-out set piece is an agonising car chase in the rain, replacing the full-throttle showmanship of the Bourne series with a foot on the brake, a shotgun pointing out of the adjacent car, and a series of tight close-ups on the terrified Phoenix.
December 14, 2007
It is a little cumbersome with plenty of macho-sentimentalism, and the ending is frankly contrived. But go and see it for the car chase.
December 14, 2007
Stylishly directed by James Gray, this dark film does a great job portraying the violent gang scene of 1980s New York. More sophisticated than most cop flicks.
December 14, 2007
The always charismatic Phoenix is the highlight; he carries the film, rising above the occasionally uninspired dialogue and plotting to give a powerhouse turn as a man caught between ambition and duty.
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