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The Yards Reviews

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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Things in The Yards become so hard to swallow that even the most easygoing movie-goers will find it hard to suspend disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
August 5, 2008
An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
It's another rehash.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Never envelops the audience in the deep tenor and rich realism of its sullied world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 11, 2002
A well-presented but grim drama that unravels about halfway through...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A slice of NYC made with imitation cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Anderson
January 1, 2000
Collapses into a weary catalog of crime-movie cliches and political impossibilities.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
After a point, The Yards crosses the line from portentously atmospheric to merely dolorous.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A great director's losing battle against a goofy script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
A well-acted and socially earnest, if rather routine, ride. The Yards makes no unexpected stops.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
April 23, 2001
The ensemble cast is strong, but the story fails to provide characters to really get behind and understand.
Read More | Original Score: 64/100
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Atmospheric, worthy-but dull crime drama, with a largely wasted cast of greats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
The ingredients are here for a classy crime drama. They just don't blend that easily.
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Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
It is so choked with its own solemnity that it barely musters the energy to tell a story.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Truth be told, The Yards is pretty much a mess.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
A disappointing, slow-moving yawner.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Yards fails to incite more than a dull unease in its characterizations and audience expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
If not for some fine performances by its extremely talented cast, the film would be an absolute snore.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, I left the theater saying 'so what?'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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