The Yards Reviews

  • Feb 24, 2019

    A gritty crime thriller that tells a story of corruption in the New York public transit industry. With a stoic Mark Wahlberg in the lead role and a flawless performance by Joaquin Phoenix as Willie the movie is an entertaining albeit stereotypical crime drama. The characters seem real, relatable and emotionally invest the viewer in the story. That being said the romantic tension between Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Therons characters seemed unnecessary and distracts from the main plot. The film makes great use of lighting and urban environment to highlight dramatic elements; you can tell a-lot of thought and attention to detail was put into the shot composition. Intense moments are paired with shadows, flickering lights and sonic dissonance of train breaks or police sirens but silence is also used effectively to create dramatic tension. Another detracting detail in my opinion is a plot hole during the hospital scene: If these guys are throwing all this money around to bribe and intimidate people couldn't the have spent a little dough on a silencer for Marky Marks gun in order to kill the cop quickly and stealthily? Suspending my disbelief during a movie with such strong elements of realism is jarring and distracting. Regardless of the minor issues The Yards entertains with out breaking the mold.

    A gritty crime thriller that tells a story of corruption in the New York public transit industry. With a stoic Mark Wahlberg in the lead role and a flawless performance by Joaquin Phoenix as Willie the movie is an entertaining albeit stereotypical crime drama. The characters seem real, relatable and emotionally invest the viewer in the story. That being said the romantic tension between Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Therons characters seemed unnecessary and distracts from the main plot. The film makes great use of lighting and urban environment to highlight dramatic elements; you can tell a-lot of thought and attention to detail was put into the shot composition. Intense moments are paired with shadows, flickering lights and sonic dissonance of train breaks or police sirens but silence is also used effectively to create dramatic tension. Another detracting detail in my opinion is a plot hole during the hospital scene: If these guys are throwing all this money around to bribe and intimidate people couldn't the have spent a little dough on a silencer for Marky Marks gun in order to kill the cop quickly and stealthily? Suspending my disbelief during a movie with such strong elements of realism is jarring and distracting. Regardless of the minor issues The Yards entertains with out breaking the mold.

  • Oct 30, 2018

    Although well paced and featuring top talents such as Mark Whalberg, Charlize Theron and Joaquin Pheonix this James Gray directed film falls short. Why? Because as an expose of corruption in New York City politics, The Yards doesn't offer anything new. As a low-key thriller about crime, punishment, and betrayal, it's competent, but not spectacular. And, as a melodrama about broken friendships and tangled family relationships, it only does the job some of the time. Gray showed great promise with Little Odessa. Hopefully, The Yards represents nothing more than a sophomore slump and is not indicative of the direction his career is going to take. 

    Although well paced and featuring top talents such as Mark Whalberg, Charlize Theron and Joaquin Pheonix this James Gray directed film falls short. Why? Because as an expose of corruption in New York City politics, The Yards doesn't offer anything new. As a low-key thriller about crime, punishment, and betrayal, it's competent, but not spectacular. And, as a melodrama about broken friendships and tangled family relationships, it only does the job some of the time. Gray showed great promise with Little Odessa. Hopefully, The Yards represents nothing more than a sophomore slump and is not indicative of the direction his career is going to take. 

  • Jun 01, 2016

    It's amazing that with a cast this talented you get a movie this fucking boring. James Caan is excellent as usual and Charlize was still getting naked back then, but this movie pretty much blows. Watch We Own the Night instead. Same two lead actors, same director, and much better.

    It's amazing that with a cast this talented you get a movie this fucking boring. James Caan is excellent as usual and Charlize was still getting naked back then, but this movie pretty much blows. Watch We Own the Night instead. Same two lead actors, same director, and much better.

  • Mar 28, 2016

    A well-acted crime drama, that lacks on momentum and engagement (READ: slow and boring) . Marky Mark and Charlize Theron look so young in this film. It's not worth sitting though unless you're a big fan of them or Joaquin Phoenix. Rating: 5 / 10

    A well-acted crime drama, that lacks on momentum and engagement (READ: slow and boring) . Marky Mark and Charlize Theron look so young in this film. It's not worth sitting though unless you're a big fan of them or Joaquin Phoenix. Rating: 5 / 10

  • Mar 19, 2016

    the continuing saga of watching Phoenix cry over shit w a uber gothed out Theron and a starting "say hi to your mother" Wahlberg.

    the continuing saga of watching Phoenix cry over shit w a uber gothed out Theron and a starting "say hi to your mother" Wahlberg.

  • Feb 24, 2016

    The only boring thing in this movie is the expression of Mark Wahlberg, that is absent for the total lasting of the movie. Apart from this, I enjoyed the view.

    The only boring thing in this movie is the expression of Mark Wahlberg, that is absent for the total lasting of the movie. Apart from this, I enjoyed the view.

  • Aug 23, 2015

    I gotta do what I can do to protect what I built. Leo Handler is fresh out of prison after years of work in the family business. His uncle is a crime lord in Queens New York that uses the rail road to transports business in and out of New York. Leo wants to be on the straight and narrow but his uncle begins sucking him back into the world that got him in prison to begin with. Can Leo find a way out of this life? "If all they want is cash there's always plenty of that." James Gray, director of The Immigrant, Two Lovers, We Own the Night, Little Odessa, and the upcoming The Lost City of Z, delivers The Yards. The storyline for this picture is interesting and has a nice blend of family and mob drama. The action and script are pretty good and the acting is better than average. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, James Cann, and Faye Dunaway. "I have paid my debts to society." I recently came across this on Netflix and decided to give it a shot since I had never seen or heard of this. This was a very solid and well done picture. It is an above average addition t the genre. It's not a classic gangster film but it is worth a viewing. "Many lives have been destroyed by this system." Grade: C+

    I gotta do what I can do to protect what I built. Leo Handler is fresh out of prison after years of work in the family business. His uncle is a crime lord in Queens New York that uses the rail road to transports business in and out of New York. Leo wants to be on the straight and narrow but his uncle begins sucking him back into the world that got him in prison to begin with. Can Leo find a way out of this life? "If all they want is cash there's always plenty of that." James Gray, director of The Immigrant, Two Lovers, We Own the Night, Little Odessa, and the upcoming The Lost City of Z, delivers The Yards. The storyline for this picture is interesting and has a nice blend of family and mob drama. The action and script are pretty good and the acting is better than average. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, James Cann, and Faye Dunaway. "I have paid my debts to society." I recently came across this on Netflix and decided to give it a shot since I had never seen or heard of this. This was a very solid and well done picture. It is an above average addition t the genre. It's not a classic gangster film but it is worth a viewing. "Many lives have been destroyed by this system." Grade: C+

  • Feb 12, 2015

    WOW......WOW.....WOW.....JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS A GOOD MOVIE 2 WATCH.......its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie.....I think that james caan, mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize theron, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......I think that the director of this drama movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie........I think that james caan was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie...... The film was based on an actual corruption scandal in the mid-1980s involving the director (James Gray)'s father. MTA New York City Transit (the city's Metropolitan Transit Authority) first refused the production companies the right to film at any of its yards because it believed the film portrayed the agency in a bad light. The film was shot in Maspeth and Elmhurst, Queens, Roosevelt Island, the Bronx, and New Jersey. The railyard scenes were shot at the 207th Street shop on the New York City Transit system and at an abandoned freight yard in Brooklyn. It was shot in the spring and summer of 1998 but not released until the fall of 2000 due to studio delays. Box office On a relatively limited release, the film, which had a $24 million budget, took in just $889,352 in the United States and Canada, and $34,684 in Australia. Awards Won National Board of Review Awards (2000): Best Supporting Actor: Joaquin Phoenix Broadcast Film Critics Association (2001): Best Supporting Actor: Joaquin Phoenix Nominated Cannes Film Festival (2000): Golden Palm Award: James Gray man I think that this is such a gripping movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie......I think that this movie started out really slowly but it keeps you on the edge's of your seats throughout this movie.....its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.....I think that this is such a gripping thrilling movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie.....I think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch, it is such a thrilling movie 2 watch......

    WOW......WOW.....WOW.....JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS A GOOD MOVIE 2 WATCH.......its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie.....I think that james caan, mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize theron, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......I think that the director of this drama movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie........I think that james caan was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie...... The film was based on an actual corruption scandal in the mid-1980s involving the director (James Gray)'s father. MTA New York City Transit (the city's Metropolitan Transit Authority) first refused the production companies the right to film at any of its yards because it believed the film portrayed the agency in a bad light. The film was shot in Maspeth and Elmhurst, Queens, Roosevelt Island, the Bronx, and New Jersey. The railyard scenes were shot at the 207th Street shop on the New York City Transit system and at an abandoned freight yard in Brooklyn. It was shot in the spring and summer of 1998 but not released until the fall of 2000 due to studio delays. Box office On a relatively limited release, the film, which had a $24 million budget, took in just $889,352 in the United States and Canada, and $34,684 in Australia. Awards Won National Board of Review Awards (2000): Best Supporting Actor: Joaquin Phoenix Broadcast Film Critics Association (2001): Best Supporting Actor: Joaquin Phoenix Nominated Cannes Film Festival (2000): Golden Palm Award: James Gray man I think that this is such a gripping movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie......I think that this movie started out really slowly but it keeps you on the edge's of your seats throughout this movie.....its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.....I think that this is such a gripping thrilling movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie.....I think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch, it is such a thrilling movie 2 watch......

  • Dec 28, 2014

    Fairly good, wonderful cast, although with quite a corny story.

    Fairly good, wonderful cast, although with quite a corny story.

  • Dec 07, 2014

    Ok movie. The Yards is another typical entry into the "gangster" movie genre with big ideas, good performances from its great cast, but doesn't do well them. The plot is predictable and a bit boring, the pacing is so slow that The Godfather feels like it goes faster than this. The three leads give good performances for the genre, just not great material to work with unfortunately.

    Ok movie. The Yards is another typical entry into the "gangster" movie genre with big ideas, good performances from its great cast, but doesn't do well them. The plot is predictable and a bit boring, the pacing is so slow that The Godfather feels like it goes faster than this. The three leads give good performances for the genre, just not great material to work with unfortunately.