We Own the Night Reviews

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November 18, 2011
July 6, 2010
An intriguing blend of mainstream audience-pleaser and a more subtle, even intellectual agenda.
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.
February 29, 2008
The drama gains momentum in the second half, so the film gets better, but it's never too far from cliche.
January 18, 2008
[Gray's] feel for dialogue has rarely failed him, and it doesn't here.
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
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.
December 13, 2007
Heartfelt performances from all the leads, certainly. Top 80s tunes and a thrilling car chase in the pouring rain.
December 13, 2007
A desperate violence and urgency spills out in the film's flash-point set-pieces - not least a sensational car chase, shot through a windscreen, hammering rain and a blur of fear.
December 13, 2007
Tawdry, pulpy, nuts-and-bolts cop thriller.
October 20, 2007
As flat-footed as writer-director James Gray's script often sounds, his cops-vs.-mob tale can be strangely mesmerizing.
October 20, 2007
This one hangs on the notion of fate, and once you've figured out whose fate is the central issue, the outcome -- even with those clumsy plot twists -- is fairly predictable.
October 20, 2007
Time will tell, but from where I'm sitting this deceptively routine cop movie runs deep. In fact, it already looks like a classic. Cagney and Tracy would be proud.
October 15, 2007
[With so many] plot twists and turns, it's almost like a bad parody of a Western.
October 13, 2007
All the picture really needed, though, was a little more sweat and grit and a little less concern about its own self-importance.
October 12, 2007
Highly derivative of 1970s films. Sometimes 'good enough' just isn't good enough.
October 12, 2007
May not have much new to say about the war on drugs...but it says it awfully well.
October 12, 2007
A robust, respectable cop movie.
October 12, 2007
Gray deserves some credit, though, for making a movie that seems deeper and more resonant than it turns out to be.
October 12, 2007
You don't judge artists by where they find their inspiration; you judge them by how they realize it. And in We Own the Night James Gray hits the bull's-eye.
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