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The Yards Reviews

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December 15, 2010
How "The Yards" shifts toward crime drama through character rather than pure plot is hard to disclose without divesting twists. Inspired by real-life scandal, James Gray lets personal insight color Shakespearean shenanigans of privilege, panic and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2008
An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance.
November 9, 2007
Sem medo de evocar comparações com "O Poderoso Chefão", Gray cria um filme repleto de personagens ambíguos e uma forte atmosfera de tristeza e desesperança moral.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2007
...the filmmaker's use of dark visuals effectively matches the moody, almost operatic tone of the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2007
Understatement is something that one would not normally associate with such a pulpy tale, but that's what makes Gray's film surprisingly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2007
I can't remember when a film so well-acted and so well-rendered visually was also so oppressive to sit through.
July 28, 2006
Writer/director James Gray tells the story with an impressive urban palate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2006
A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.
December 6, 2005
Lacks the pizzazz of energetic pulp, but doesn't replace it with any compensatory insight or power.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 10, 2003
A very good film, and though obviously flawed, it does generate one form of elation: the feeling of seeing a young director stick to the guns of his tricky, ambitious material, and find the right people to tell his story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 2, 2002
Self-consciously elegiac, The Yards is a slow-burning but meticulously crafted family melodrama posing as a thriller.
October 30, 2002
Atmospheric, worthy-but dull crime drama, with a largely wasted cast of greats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 21, 2002
This is a story with Shakespeare-league themes -- greed, betrayal, graft, corruption. It's too much to expect Shakespeare-level dialogue, and we don't get it. But what we do get is pretty darned good.
August 16, 2002
Though The Yards starts with a familiar crime plot, it becomes fascinating because of its characters.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2002
Despite Gray's insistence on lighting everything as if this were Don Corleone in a drawing room, The Yards remains a vacant lot.
March 11, 2002
A well-presented but grim drama that unravels about halfway through...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 28, 2002
The true star of the film was the cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 27, 2001
Its realism in a fastidiously plausible plot is given energy and life by an exemplary ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2001
Una buena opción para quienes desean ver buenas actuaciones y una historia sobre problemática social y moral...
| Original Score: 8.5/10
May 7, 2001
It looks like we've seen this all before but this has life and directions of its own that make it very rewarding viewing.
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