Federal Hill
Federal Hill (1994)

This drama is set within the Federal Hill district of Providence, Rhode Island and tells the tale of five young friends who have been gang mates since high school. When drug-dealer Nicky falls in love with Wendy, he decides to leave the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 8, 2005
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69%

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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Corrente's handling of class divisions (one of the heroes starts seeing a Brown University senior he sells cocaine to) and the body language of the performances keep things fresh.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Federal Hill has sincerity on its side and a fair degree of authenticity.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Federal Hill is like Scorsese's Mean Streets of Rhode Island, with the same focus on male camaraderie, its merits and its price.

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David Stratton
Variety

Producer-director-scripter Michael Corrente manages to bring freshness to basically derivative material in Federal Hill, thanks to a number of excellent performances and some evocative black-and-white images of a world he knows intimately.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

There is nothing terribly different or exciting about what he shows us; the film is gripping in a conventional, formulaic way.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

There are lots of admirable things about Federal Hill, starting with Richard Crudo's sparkling black-and-white cinematography

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Caryn James
New York Times

Federal Hill is lively and likable, a first film with the kind of swift action, clever dialogue and clear-cut characters that suggest an expert director's touch.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has a good ear for the way the characters talk, dress, move and live; it's another Italian-American slice-of-life, well acted and directed.

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Dragan Antulov
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What sets this film apart is authenticity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
My initial reaction to this film was not good. I thought it was trying too hard to be arty by being in black and white but still set in the present day (1994).… More