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What Doesn't Kill You Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2009
Kill You, while stewing in the juices of unapologetic formula, is a more of a direct injection of stark criminal behavior punctuated by exhilarating performances and a soulful dedication to the moody rhythms of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 31, 2009
A mostly gripping, well-acted and surprisingly engrossing crime drama. Mark Ruffalo delivers an Oscar worthy performance that's both sensitive and surprisingly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
January 24, 2009
The film is caught in the tension between wanting to provide depth of social implication and gunplay action but the symbiosis doesn't multiply the effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 19, 2008
The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 19, 2008
Goodman doesn't allow even a hint of postmodernism or self-consciousness to creep into What Doesn't Kill You, and though the movie's various heists and shootouts are gripping, they aren't especially kinetic or stylish.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 15, 2008
I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood.
December 14, 2008
...undoubtedly benefits from Ruffalo's electrifying turn as Brian...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 13, 2008
The film is well done, gritty and raw, clearly showing the desperation in a city where opportunities are limited and crime is just another job. Ethan Hawke is a pretty risky choice as he just screams supermodel, not gangster, but after a bit of drooling,
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
December 12, 2008
It feels, if not like real life, at least like a movie you haven't seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 12, 2008
This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2008
The territory is familiar, both geographically and thematically. But that doesn't detract from its authenticity and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2008
Rather it tells a good story well, and in the process quietly says a little something about what it means to look at the American dream from the bottom up.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 11, 2008
Though hardly a failure, What Doesn't Kill You is in the final measure definitely not what it could have been.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
December 9, 2008
There's a realism to this story we don't often see in crime dramas, and that can only have come from someone who actually lived through it themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
December 5, 2008
The film is about coming out the other side and using your newfound strength to change.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 3, 2008
A tough, authentic street drama born, bred, and shot in the 
 no-spin zone of working-class South Boston.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 30, 2008
No gold star for originality, but nicely acted crime tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 15, 2008
We've all seen this film before -- two hoodlum friends from the tough, violent streets of South Boston trying to cope with the lure of easy money and the offsetting threat of jail time -- but we've never seen it this well done.
September 15, 2008
Goodman's directing shows a sure hand at the Irish Goodfellas genre, and his actors (including Goodman himself) rally to give the picture plenty of credibility.
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