What Doesn't Kill You
What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

Brian and Paulie grow up like brothers on the gritty streets of south Boston. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog-eat-dog neighborhood. Petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into more serious offenses, and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

Nothing really going on here

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

For a true-crime story, there's surprisingly little dramatic arc.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

It feels, if not like real life, at least like a movie you haven't seen before.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A mostly gripping, well-acted and surprisingly engrossing crime drama. Mark Ruffalo delivers an Oscar worthy performance that's both sensitive and surprisingly moving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
"I'm sick of all this nickel and dime bullshit" The Best Supporting Actor nominations in this year's Oscars was arguably the toughest… More
Alex roy
What doesn't Kill is the type of film that has been done many times before, and therefore not that original. However, I found the film to be quite… More
Cynthia S.
Interesting, and worth while, crime drama about small time thieves in Boston. This is well made, and the acting is very good. A little slow at times, but the… More
Tim Sigur
The sad thing about this movie is the actors involved are extremely talented and do their jobs well. Ruffalo, Hawke, and Amanda Peet work damn hard at trying to… More
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet, Will Lyman, Brian Goodman, Donnie Wahlberg, Angela Featherstone, Edward Lynch, Bates Wilder Director: Brian… More
Derek Daniels
Two incredibly gifted actors in Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo - maybe the two most underrated in films today - are wasted beyond belief as two friends who grow… More