Staten Island (Little New York)
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The lives of a septic tank cleaner, an ambitious mob boss, and a deaf-mute deli worker converge in tragedy in this seriocomic crime drama from director/screenwriter James DeMonaco. Blue collar by birth, Sully Halverson (Ethan Hawke) has never amounted to much in life. When Sully finds out he's about to become a father, he schemes to rob Parmie Tarzo (Vincent D'Onifrio), a small-time kingpin who's looking for a way to leave his mark on the world. By saving Staten Island Forest, Parmie surmises, he can mold an upstanding public persona for himself while quietly eliminating the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

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"DeMonaco deserves credit for wanting to do something different. But what starts out as a witty tweak on tired mobster movies eventually collapses into those very same clichés."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Best is D'Onofrio as a gangster turned environmental activist -- he puts on a white three-piece suit, climbs to the top of a gigantic tree and refuses to come down."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An invigorating, lively and captivating crime drama boasting a terrific cast, sharp dialogue and just the right amount of dark comic relief."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The tonal idiosyncrasies may grate early on but things coalesce nicely until the whole thing starts to resemble a diverting short story."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Staten Island is not without surprises -- nor is it any good."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Time Out New York
"Staten Island has the stench of meat left on the counter for too long."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"If Staten Island, New York is an ode to what it calls "the forgotten stepchild of Manhattan," it is a barbed and quirky one."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Throughout, first-time director DeMonaco shows a predilection for white-hot patches of lighting, squeezed close-ups, and actor overindulgence."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
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