We Own the Night
We Own the Night (2007)

At the height of a bloody 1980s struggle between New York City police and a Russian mob that targeted law officers and their families, the NYPD hung "We Own the Night" banners in precinct houses and stepped up their efforts.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bland characters, clichéd dialogue and rickety plotting ensure We Own The Night never lives up to its potential.

Andrew O'Hehir

An intriguing blend of mainstream audience-pleaser and a more subtle, even intellectual agenda.

Jonathan Crocker
Time Out

A desperate violence and urgency spills out in the film's flash-point set-pieces - not least a sensational car chase, shot through a windscreen, hammering rain and a blur of fear.

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Dave White

Director-writer James Gray makes it all seem more urgent than it has any right to feel, because he knows how to make tense, violent dramas that are soaking in mood.

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Bob Mondello

It's not surprising, but it's engaging enough that most patrons will likely cut the director some slack for the out-of-period details and convoluted plot contrivances that make the film seem at once sloppy and too neat.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

This one hangs on the notion of fate, and once you've figured out whose fate is the central issue, the outcome -- even with those clumsy plot twists -- is fairly predictable.

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Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

This is a man's movie: gritty, macho, and lacking in grace.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

[Gray's] feel for dialogue has rarely failed him, and it doesn't here.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

As flat-footed as writer-director James Gray's script often sounds, his cops-vs.-mob tale can be strangely mesmerizing.

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

If We Own the Night is flawed and somewhat choppy, it served notice that Gray, once he refined his technique, would be a force to be reckoned with in the cinema world.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
We Own The Night" isn't what I thought it would be at first - another undercover cop movie. It's a pretty unique crime/drama with emphasis on the… More
danny d
this is a very good movie, and at the same time it is completely disappointing. Disappointing because for some reason i expected considerably more from this… More
Alex roy
Pretty good drama, We Own The Night is supported by a good cast and has a very good story. However I was bit let down. The acting was great, the performance by… More
Chris Weber
This is a pretty solid and entertaining cop/crime drama. It may not be wholly original, or have any surprising plot twists, but ya know what, straight-forward… More
Daniel Perry
Strangely polarizing film, among my friends, but I really liked this one. The acting is very good, and the story is searing, straight-forward… More
KJ Proulx
I liked this movie but it can be a little slow at times!