We Own The Night

We Own The Night

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We Own The Night

The Yards writer-director James Gray reunites with Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg for this cop thriller. Bobby (Phoenix) has turned his back on the family's line of work: policing. The manager of El Caribe, a legendary Russian-owned nightclub in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach, he has changed his last name and concealed his connection the NYPD in order to operate amongst criminals.  

But it's 1988, and New York's drug trade is escalating. Bobby tries to keep a distance from the Russian gangsters operating out of the nightclub and who are being tar targeted by his brother, Joseph (Wahlberg) and father. This film takes its title from the motto of the 1980s-era NYPD street crimes unit.

2008Rating: R16, Contains Violence, Offensive Language & Drug Use117 minsUSAEnglish/Russian
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Variety

Variety

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Adequately acted and flecked with the required quota of action to satisfy genre fans, pic recalls numerous good police dramas of the 1970s, but mostly in superficial ways that bring nothing new to the table...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Defiantly, refreshingly unhip...

3.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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This is an atmospheric, intense film, well acted, and when it's working it has a real urgency...

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It's a bare-knuckled crime drama set in 1988 that stylistically could have been made that year and emphasizes Gray's strengths as a director while drawing attention to his limitations as a writer...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A more accomplished film than "Yards." Yet it will fail to satisfy police movie buffs, as procedures are de-emphasized, and the drama is too perfunctory and obvious...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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Falls into the category of the contrived and forgettable cop drama...

2.0
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definitely not a type of movie you can watch over & over again, but definitely worth a view. the idea isn't original. it's kind of a remake of other movies that explores life in the 80's when shiftin coke was hot in the states. the storyline does seem to thin out pretty early, only cuz there isn't any major plot twists in this one to keep you haning on...

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Adequately acted and flecked with the required quota of action to satisfy genre fans, pic recalls numerous good police dramas of the 1970s, but mostly in superficial ways that bring nothing new to the table...

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Defiantly, refreshingly unhip...

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is an atmospheric, intense film, well acted, and when it's working it has a real urgency...

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's a bare-knuckled crime drama set in 1988 that stylistically could have been made that year and emphasizes Gray's strengths as a director while drawing attention to his limitations as a writer...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A more accomplished film than "Yards." Yet it will fail to satisfy police movie buffs, as procedures are de-emphasized, and the drama is too perfunctory and obvious...

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Falls into the category of the contrived and forgettable cop drama...

2.0
0

definitely not a type of movie you can watch over & over again, but definitely worth a view. the idea isn't original. it's kind of a remake of other movies that explores life in the 80's when shiftin coke was hot in the states. the storyline does seem to thin out pretty early, only cuz there isn't any major plot twists in this one to keep you haning...

3.0
0