Brooklyn Rules
Brooklyn Rules (2007)

Director Michael Corrente's coming-of-age comedy drama Brooklyn Rules unfurls in 1985, coincident with the early rise of John Gotti. Three young Brooklyn men of Italian-American heritage -- Michael Turner (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Carmine… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 18, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brooklyn Rules' premise is old hat now, but strong performances from Alec Baldwin and the supporting cast are reasons enough to watch.

John Anderson

A sometimes funny, occasionally maudlin coming-of-age dramedy that wants to be Goodfellas but might have been called Mild in the Streets.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Whether it's read as an exclamation of borough pride or as a set of unwritten laws governing its residents, the movie takes a well-trodden path in chronicling the lives of three Italian American friends, circa 1985.

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Heather Huntington

Should you see this '80s mafia drama? Fugeddaboudit.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

Aggressively derivative.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Capturing Manhattan's essence is easy. But capturing life inside provincial New York City -- is something that eludes most filmmakers...And now add Brooklyn Rules to the short list of movies that get it right.

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Urban Cinefile

Top cast delivers terrific characterisations, with all three leads showing deep talents, as does Mena Suvari in a small and thankless but important role.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

However authentic and heartfelt this film's depiction of life on the meaner streets of the Northeast corridor may be, it doesn't begin to match The Sopranos' epic vision of violence, class struggle and upward mobility in a barbarous culture.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Against all odds, it remains surprisingly watchable.

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Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine

a fuzzy film sporting more bad Brooklyn accents and mob-movie cliches than Knockaround Guys which, all things considered, is hard to do.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
This film tried a little too hard to be a cheap similar film to ?A Bronx Tale?, but didn?t quite live up to it in the way of casting, storyline or dialogue.… More
Chosen 718
Solid film, it should have been released in theaters everywhere.
William Dunmyer
[size=3]If you like TV mini-series, you'll probably enjoy Brooklyn Rules. It's a nearly perfect specimen of that genre.[/size] [size=3]It clearly is… More
Barry Lappin
Three Brooklyn boys growing around the mafia whilst getting older.....Despite this it is actually a really good movie.
Yinalí Ríos
Cool movie.