The Yards
The Yards (2000)

An ex-con struggles to make a clean life for himself, but his job in a Queens, New York subway rail repair yard embroils him in corruption and murder.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 20, 2000
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring strong performances and direction, The Yards is a richly textured crime thriller with an authentic feel.

Todd McCarthy

An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's that [moral] ambiguity that makes the film interesting.

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Antonia Quirke
Independent on Sunday

It has a terrific subject, an unimprovable cast and a trio of trustworthy, even hip, producers. And no life.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I can't remember when a film so well-acted and so well-rendered visually was also so oppressive to sit through.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After a point, The Yards crosses the line from portentously atmospheric to merely dolorous.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

By the end, we're left with a feeling of depletion rather than resolution.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
There's nothing more dangerous than an innocent man. Great Film! "The Yards" invites you to taste corruption and to witness an imposed morality… More
Bruce Bruce
Mark Wahlberg makes this movie rise to the top. After getting out of prison, he tries to stay clean but gets caught up in trouble cause by his cousin. All takes… More
Nicki Marie
Bored the hell out of me. Was not that bad, I guess, if you like these type of crime family stories, but really wasn't in the mood to watch it and it… More
Arash Xak
An example of making a good movie with an unoriginal plot, Good perfs from Phoenix & Burstyn
This movie started out a little slow, but it got interesting quickly enough. I am really starting to become an fan of Joaquin Phoenix. I enjoy watching him act.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In [/font][font=Century Gothic]"The Yards", Leo(Mark Wahlberg) has just recently been paroled from prison for a crime unspecified… More