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THE DROP is a new crime drama from MichaŽl R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), THE DROP follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters - "money drops" in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past. Also featuring Noomi Rapace,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"The Drop's unpredictability is organic rather than sensationalistic. The movie doesn't pull surprises out of thin air for the sole purpose of shocking an audience - it lets them develop naturally."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's a slow-cooking set-up for a startling climax. One, thanks to fine acting, that comes with powerful revelations."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Tom Hardy continues to stretch and James Gandolfini's last movie is deadly intense."
‑ Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald
"The Drop doesn't just offer James Gandolfini's last screen performance. It reminds us character-driven mob movies still matter."
‑ Christian Toto,
"A parable of the wages of sin that trades handily on the long history of the genre's sentimentality about honor among thieves, The Drop is quiet -- and quietly gripping."
‑ Genevieve Valentine, Philadelphia Weekly
"Not that it needed demonstrating, but Hardy once again shows what quiet force and phenomenal range he has. He's like a young Liam Neeson with Michael Fassbender chops."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"I found this dark odyssey through an amoral dream Brooklyn curiously invigorating; it's a masterful construction that held me rapt from first shot to last, that builds intense electrical energy and then releases it."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"The drama of this mean-streets tale is told on the deceptively gentle face of Tom Hardy. Don't let him out of your sight. (Not that you'll be able to.)"
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The entire film vibrates with understated tension, but almost never raises its voice above a hissed threat or a discomfited mutter."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"Roskam emphasizes character and dialogue first, giving the main characters -- as well as a handful of supporters -- a strong inner life."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Lehane's climactic plot twist is all the more laudable because it springs directly from complexity of character; you realize the truth has been obscured not through a writer's trickery but through your own simple reading of the action."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"With the arrival of The Drop, a disturbingly dark little thriller that wears its tension like a badge, the fall film season has arrived with a deadly bang."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"Despite its conclusion, The Drop is a stirring drama and another reason to keep an eye on Roskam's exciting career."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"A modest, slow-burn screenplay that's more about revealing its central characters than spinning a compelling yarn, which is certainly no sin."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Orlando Weekly
"Lehane's punchy dialogue and the brooding atmosphere keep you watching even as you fear The Drop might not amount to anything substantial but this is a film that's just waiting to strike and tighten its screws."
‑ Allan Hunter, The List
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