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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
"The Drop is the kind of movie audiences slowly discover rather than flock to. It's not special enough to demand attention, but it's certainly solid enough to warrant consideration."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"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,
"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,
"Top-quality genre filmmaking."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"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
"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/
"The setting's gloom seeps into the whole movie, making it feel longer and draggier than it is."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"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
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