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.
November 9, 2007
Sem medo de evocar comparaes com "O Poderoso Chefo", Gray cria um filme repleto de personagens ambguos e uma forte atmosfera de tristeza e desesperana moral.
October 30, 2007
...the filmmaker's use of dark visuals effectively matches the moody, almost operatic tone of the script.
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.
July 28, 2006
Writer/director James Gray tells the story with an impressive urban palate.
June 24, 2006
A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.
May 14, 2003
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.
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.
February 28, 2002
The true star of the film was the cinematography.
November 27, 2001
Its realism in a fastidiously plausible plot is given energy and life by an exemplary ensemble cast.
October 2, 2001
Una buena opcin para quienes desean ver buenas actuaciones y una historia sobre problemtica social y moral...
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.
Top Critic
April 16, 2001
Gray avoids the more obvious gangster clichs, and the film brings some genuinely original flourishes to the genre.
April 11, 2001
Spins a compellingly nasty tale about deceit and corruption.
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
January 1, 2000
Corruption breeds corruption, violence breeds violence -- it's a very black view, indeed, operatic in its intensity.
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