Brooklyn Rules
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Director Michael Corrente's coming-of-age comedy drama Brooklyn Rules unfurls in 1985, coincident with the early rise of John Gotti. Three young Brooklyn men of Italian-American heritage -- Michael Turner (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Carmine Mancuso (Scott Caan), and Bobby Canzoneri (Jerry Ferrara) -- make the pivotal, potentially irreversible choices that will determine their directions in life. The boys' periodic run-ins with a sadistic mobster type who rules the neighborhood, Caesar Manganaro (Alec Baldwin), suggest the ever-present option of drifting into a career of crime. On the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"A sometimes funny, occasionally maudlin coming-of-age dramedy that wants to be Goodfellas but might have been called Mild in the Streets."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Whether it's read as an exclamation of borough pride or as a set of unwritten laws governing its residents, the movie takes a well-trodden path in chronicling the lives of three Italian American friends, circa 1985."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Should you see this '80s mafia drama? Fugeddaboudit."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"If we were playing by mob rules, this movie would get the 'slicer' treatment for trying to impersonate a Scorsese picture."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Brooklyn Rules is a watchable flick but it's also tired and derivative, which is a shame given the talent involved."
‑ Brian Linder, IGN Movies
"Aggressively derivative."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Brooklyn Rules doesn't exactly rule, but fans of the cast will find much to enjoy."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Top cast delivers terrific characterisations, with all three leads showing deep talents, as does Mena Suvari in a small and thankless but important role."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Absolutely nothing to recommend the film as anything other than a sagging collection of predictable clichés and brain-numbing boredom."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Ah, the nostalgic mob drama. No matter the brutality, the blood, or the sheer fear that shape the memory, movies and TV tend to make life in the mob a growth experience."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"However authentic and heartfelt this film's depiction of life on the meaner streets of the Northeast corridor may be, it doesn't begin to match The Sopranos' epic vision of violence, class struggle and upward mobility in a barbarous culture."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Capturing Manhattan's essence is easy. But capturing life inside provincial New York City -- is something that eludes most filmmakers...And now add Brooklyn Rules to the short list of movies that get it right."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"a fuzzy film sporting more bad Brooklyn accents and mob-movie cliches than Knockaround Guys which, all things considered, is hard to do."
‑ Marlow Stern, Manhattan Movie Magazine
"Singularly unoriginal, full of clichà (C)s and tough-neighborhood set pieces tied together with GoodFellas-style voice-over narration."
‑ Cathy Jakicic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Although yet another set-in-the-80's coming of age film, it's a familiar but affecting story."
‑ Pete Hammond, Maxim
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