The Narrows
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A 20-year-old man at a crucial crossroads in life finds himself caught between two worlds and two women in director François Velle's feature adaptation of author Tom McLoughlin's original novel Heart of the Old Country. Mike Manadoro (Kevin Zegers) is a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn shutterbug who lives with his father, Vinny (Vincent D'Onofrio), a former Department of Sanitation worker who is now retired on disability. Despite the fact that Vinny is officially retired, he still manages to draw a healthy income thanks to his side job as Bay Ridge's main numbers runner. It's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"François Velle's local crime drama is so earnest, it feels unkind to tell the truth -- which is that we've seen this story, told in just this way, too many times before."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Until it implodes with preposterous plot manipulations, The Narrows can be appreciated as the film equivalent of a reasonably palatable pasta dish concocted from a familiar recipe and served in a no-frills restaurant."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A slice of life mobster tale about bottom feeder Bay Ridge Brooklyn hustlers in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge, The Narrows manages to be both lyrical and brutal."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"There's only so much mileage you can get out of the proper local pronunciation of 'nay-buh-hood.'"
‑ Matt Pais,
"A tired and derivative plot builds up to an unconvincing series of shootings with which the movie fills its violence quota."
‑ , New York Post
"Imagine Mean Streets with less grit, unconvincing casting and none of Scorsese's tortured Catholic guilt."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out New York
"Although it offers nothing fresh, new or surprising and somewhat falls apart in the messy third act, The Narrows, nonetheless, manages to be an often captivating, visually stylish drama with solid performances and sharp dialogue."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Awfully familiar yet superbly acted..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The Narrows is too riddled with clichés reaching past Scorsese all the way to Cagney flicks to be any more effective than a mowed-down capo."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Serviceably enjoyable, like cold pizza but little more."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Shuffling, mumbling and musing about his loser's life, Vincent D'Onofrio stealthily steals the picture."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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