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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"It's that [moral] ambiguity that makes the film interesting."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"How "The Yards" shifts toward crime drama through character rather than pure plot is hard to disclose without divesting twists. Inspired by real-life scandal, James Gray lets personal insight color Shakespearean shenanigans of privilege, panic and power."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Understatement is something that one would not normally associate with such a pulpy tale, but that's what makes Gray's film surprisingly effective."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A very good film, and though obviously flawed, it does generate one form of elation: the feeling of seeing a young director stick to the guns of his tricky, ambitious material, and find the right people to tell his story."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"I can't remember when a film so well-acted and so well-rendered visually was also so oppressive to sit through."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"After a point, The Yards crosses the line from portentously atmospheric to merely dolorous."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Sem medo de evocar comparações com "O Poderoso Chefão", Gray cria um filme repleto de personagens ambíguos e uma forte atmosfera de tristeza e desesperança moral."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Writer/director James Gray tells the story with an impressive urban palate."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Self-consciously elegiac, The Yards is a slow-burning but meticulously crafted family melodrama posing as a thriller."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Sight and Sound
"A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"By the end, we're left with a feeling of depletion rather than resolution."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"...the filmmaker's use of dark visuals effectively matches the moody, almost operatic tone of the script."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Lacks the pizzazz of energetic pulp, but doesn't replace it with any compensatory insight or power."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Atmospheric, worthy-but dull crime drama, with a largely wasted cast of greats."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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