What Doesn't Kill You - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

What Doesn't Kill You Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
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-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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+
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: B
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 15, 2008
I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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,
| Original Score: 7/10
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Barsanti
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
Edward Douglas
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
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
Harvey S. Karten
November 30, 2008
No gold star for originality, but nicely acted crime tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
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.
David D'Arcy
Screen International
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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