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

What Doesn't Kill You Reviews

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December 15, 2008
Nothing really going on here
December 9, 2008
Ruffalo draws on his knack for summoning an incongruous brooding bulk from within, and the result almost sucks the air from Hawke's rangy routine of nerves and sinewy smiles.
December 7, 2008
You'd be forgiven for thinking, while watching What Doesn't Kill You, that it was still 2007.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2008
The story is generic and uncompelling, coming across as just another gritty drama about a major city's criminal underbelly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 11, 2008
Simply too familiar and ponderous to succeed in a genre with movies as riveting as The Departed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2008
Little more than a middling variation on gangster thematics, better explored in The Sopranos and elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 12, 2008
It's admirable that Brian Goodman came back from life on the streets, two jail terms and a bad drug habit to make a movie, but considering its real life genesis the movie feels awfully warmed over
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 7, 2009
For a true-crime story, there's surprisingly little dramatic arc.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 12, 2008
I guess I should just be happy it didn't end up worse and hope these guys don't come hurt me for saying all this.
December 17, 2008
Been there, seen that-many times-is the best one can say for this wholly predictable autobiographical account of a life in crime.
January 3, 2009
| Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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
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
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 15, 2008
I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood.
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
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
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