The Narrows
The Narrows (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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.

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New York Post

A tired and derivative plot builds up to an unconvincing series of shootings with which the movie fills its violence quota.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Serviceably enjoyable, like cold pizza but little more.

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John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Shuffling, mumbling and musing about his loser's life, Vincent D'Onofrio stealthily steals the picture.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Prairie Miller

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.

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Matt Pais

There's only so much mileage you can get out of the proper local pronunciation of 'nay-buh-hood.'

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Nicki Marie
This was pretty good. I don't really watch a lot of movies in this genre, so perhaps it is cliched as some of the other reviewers seem to suggest, but I… More
Derek Daniels
A movie set in Brooklyn (shocker!) concerning a young guy who's being forced to choose between the neighborhood he's grown up in and what he really… More
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jay nixon
Trite and dull