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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
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
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.
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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 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
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.
April 16, 2001
Gray avoids the more obvious gangster clichés, and the film brings some genuinely original flourishes to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2001
Spins a compellingly nasty tale about deceit and corruption.
January 1, 2000
Edgy and absorbing.
| Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2000
Corruption breeds corruption, violence breeds violence -- it's a very black view, indeed, operatic in its intensity.
January 1, 2000
Wahlberg's sympathetic portrayal of an unlucky loser is probably the best work that he has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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