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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: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You have to sit through the slow parts to savor the cool parts. The movie's little surprise is that you didn't waste your time watching it; you were just being primed for an explosion of low volume and high impact."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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
"A simmering crime drama that doubles as a melancholic character piece. And the award for the most adorable man-and-puppy double act goes to..."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"There's an unshakable sense of menace throughout the low-key mob movie The Drop that lifts it above the outward cliches of its story"
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"The Drop is really Tom Hardy's film as his gentle, sofltly-spoken charisma transforms Bob into the most compelling character in this terse, arresting thriller."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"This is a movie you stumble across when hunting for something to watch: goodish, with the right dreary atmosphere."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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
"Certainly not your average crime flick, The Drop has much more subtle sensibilities than its equivalent British or Hollywood contemporaries, and that is assuredly a good thing."
‑ Tim Martain, The Mercury
"For all its ponderous tone and pedigree, this remains lightweight stuff, rehashing familiar neo-noir riffs while over-exercising its central "dog's life" metaphor."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"A gangster film that is elevated above that genre by the presence of Gandolfini, just as he pushed The Sopranos beyond, well, everything that came before."
‑ Stephen Romei, The Australian
"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
"A slow-burning intensity sets this crime thriller apart from the crowd, directed by Belgian filmmaker Michael Roskam with a sharp focus on flawed characters who continually surprise each other."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Making his debut as a screenwriter, Lehane blends gritty urban noir with a fable-like story of sin and redemption. With Roskam keeping a firm grip on the twisty plot while sustaining a claustrophobic atmosphere, it's a surprisingly successful mix."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The performances are as rich and moody as the cinematography."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
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