Knockaround Guys
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A big score goes wrong in a big way for a bunch of aspiring gangsters in this crime comedy. Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper) is the son of a mid-level Brooklyn mob boss, Benny "Chains" Demaret (Dennis Hopper). When Matty was 12 years old, Benny and Uncle Teddy (John Malkovich) decided to see if Matty had what it took to be in the mob; they gave the boy a gun and ordered him to shoot a longtime enemy of the family. Matty lacked the nerve to do it, and ever since, Benny has been convinced his son is a coward. As an adult, Matty is stuck between a rock and a hard place; he'd like to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This heist flick about young Brooklyn hoods is off the shelf after two years to capitalize on the popularity of Vin Diesel, Seth Green and Barry Pepper. It should have stayed there."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Will only satisfy those who can't tell the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"No less stale than the many derivative crime thrillers that flood the direct-to-video market."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Diesel is excellent as a compassionate pre-XXX tough guy (the film has been on the shelf for nearly two years)."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"The dialogue is almost a bit too conscious of its own wittiness and street-tough colloquialisms."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"Perhaps if co-directors David Levien and Brian Koppelman had spent more time devising a coherent vision for the film, we would not have felt as knocked around after watching it."
‑ Melinda Ennis, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A guilty pleasure."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"What sounds like a formula for freakish violence and a torrent of incessant expletives is in fact a stylish mobster film that stands out due to some very inventive casting."
‑ Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine
"Knockaround Guys just doesn't deserve to get made, either literally or figuratively, and isn't worth the time needed to discover that this particular up-and-comer is yesterday's news."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Putting the faces of hot young stars on the same old parts doesn't make the movie any fresher."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"We know the plot's a little crazy, but it held my interest from start to finish."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Instantly forgettable."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Even the top ensemble case of Knockaround Guys, headed by the ever-remarkable John Malkovich and charismatic Vin Diesel, can't jump the brick wall that the script hits in the last 20 minutes."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Borrowing heavily from leftfield genre spin-offs like True Romance, it's no wonder this misfire was on the shelves for so long."
‑ Damon Wise, Empire Magazine
"O roteiro é interessante, mas se perde no final, com o tiroteio obrigatório."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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