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The Yards Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
August 5, 2008
An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2001
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
The only thing the movie lacks is a pulse.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
There's an old-fashioned steadiness that reminds me a bit of the old James Cagney pictures. And that sort of thing still works pretty well.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Good enough to make you eager for Mr. Gray's next film.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Gray balances the hugeness of the canvas and the occasional broadness of his strokes with spare, scrupulous detail in the individual characterizations.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
By the end, we're left with a feeling of depletion rather than resolution.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A serious film that strives for a moral complexity and a textural density rarely found in contemporary dramas.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Collapses into a weary catalog of crime-movie cliches and political impossibilities.
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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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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Remarkable for the way in which every character has more than one side.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A haunting experience.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A rare and often quite good try at making a thriller with real people and believable contemporary backgrounds.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The film's intense realism has a transcendent quality that makes it feel -- dare I say it? -- almost Shakespearean in the depth and scope of its commentary on the human condition.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The temptations of corruption, its insidiousness and how it is covered up by a code of silence not only form a compelling subject but have the ring of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B
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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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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
After a point, The Yards crosses the line from portentously atmospheric to merely dolorous.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
More preoccupied with themes and moods than providing anything intriguing plot-wise or character-wise for the viewer to truly care about.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It is so choked with its own solemnity that it barely musters the energy to tell a story.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
One of The Yards' impressive elements is the way that, while it sometimes strains credibility, it conjures up an entire world -- and an entire world view -- without ever leaving Queens.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
Beautifully cast and subtly shaded story.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's that [moral] ambiguity that makes the film interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The Yards may not have enough story to sustain its narrative momentum, but Gray just might be our best shot at a new Coppola.
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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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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Production designer Kevin Thompson's crucial contribution to the film's authenticity is as accurate as it is subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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January 1, 2000
One of the best dramatic films to come out of Hollywood this year.