What Doesn't Kill You
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What Doesn't Kill You
Inspired by his own tough childhood on the unforgiving streets of South Boston, director/co-screenwriter (along with Paul T. Murray and Donnie Wahlberg) Brian Goodman's tough-talking crime drama follows the journey of two childhood friends as they attempt to sever their powerful underworld ties. Ever since they were just young kids, Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Ethan Hawke) have always watched out for one another. From the petty crimes and misdemeanors of childhood to more serious criminal endeavors as they take their tenuous first steps into adulthood, the two sworn friends do their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Nothing really going on here"
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The film won't win any prizes for originality, but it's elevated by two hugely engaging performances from Ruffalo and Hawke. Rubbish title, though."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"A mostly gripping, well-acted and surprisingly engrossing crime drama. Mark Ruffalo delivers an Oscar worthy performance that's both sensitive and surprisingly moving."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"...undoubtedly benefits from Ruffalo's electrifying turn as Brian..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Goodman doesn't allow even a hint of postmodernism or self-consciousness to creep into What Doesn't Kill You, and though the movie's various heists and shootouts are gripping, they aren't especially kinetic or stylish."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"It feels, if not like real life, at least like a movie you haven't seen before."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"For a true-crime story, there's surprisingly little dramatic arc."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The film is caught in the tension between wanting to provide depth of social implication and gunplay action but the symbiosis doesn't multiply the effect."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The film is well done, gritty and raw, clearly showing the desperation in a city where opportunities are limited and crime is just another job. Ethan Hawke is a pretty risky choice as he just screams supermodel, not gangster, but after a bit of drooling,"
‑ Jenna Busch, UGO
"I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Kill You, while stewing in the juices of unapologetic formula, is a more of a direct injection of stark criminal behavior punctuated by exhilarating performances and a soulful dedication to the moody rhythms of despair."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"Been there, seen that-many times-is the best one can say for this wholly predictable autobiographical account of a life in crime."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"I guess I should just be happy it didn't end up worse and hope these guys don't come hurt me for saying all this."
‑ Fred Topel, Can Magazine
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