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The Yards Reviews

August 5, 2008
An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance.
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.
June 24, 2006
A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.
Top Critic
April 25, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The only thing the movie lacks is a pulse.
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.
January 1, 2000
Good enough to make you eager for Mr. Gray's next film.
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.
January 1, 2000
By the end, we're left with a feeling of depletion rather than resolution.
January 1, 2000
A serious film that strives for a moral complexity and a textural density rarely found in contemporary dramas.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Collapses into a weary catalog of crime-movie cliches and political impossibilities.
January 1, 2000
A slice of NYC made with imitation cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Remarkable for the way in which every character has more than one side.
January 1, 2000
A haunting experience.
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
January 1, 2000
A rare and often quite good try at making a thriller with real people and believable contemporary backgrounds.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
A great director's losing battle against a goofy script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
After a point, The Yards crosses the line from portentously atmospheric to merely dolorous.
Read More | Original Score: C
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.
January 1, 2000
It is so choked with its own solemnity that it barely musters the energy to tell a story.
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.
January 1, 2000
Beautifully cast and subtly shaded story.
January 1, 2000
It's that [moral] ambiguity that makes the film interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 1, 2000
A well-acted and socially earnest, if rather routine, ride. The Yards makes no unexpected stops.
January 1, 2000
The ingredients are here for a classy crime drama. They just don't blend that easily.
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
January 1, 2000
One of the best dramatic films to come out of Hollywood this year.