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The Drop

Crime . Drama

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Actors: Michael Esper , Morgan Spector , Michael Aronov , James Frecheville , Ann Dowd , John Ortiz , Matthias Schoenaerts , James Gandolfini , Noomi Rapace , Tom Hardy
Directors: Michaël R. Roskam
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-12
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  • Andrew O'Hehir

    I found this dark odyssey through an amoral dream Brooklyn curiously invigorating; it’s a masterful construction that held me rapt from first shot to last, that builds intense electrical energy and then releases it. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Hardy's Brooklyn accent is not only flawless — a Londoner by birth, he's a vocal chameleon who played a Welshman in "Locke" — but tinged, I do believe, with a blithe, spot-on tribute to a blue-collar guy from another borough, Ernest Borgnine's immortal Marty. Here's a far-from-minor performance by a major star in the making.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    The Belgian Roskam, making only his second feature film, and his first in English, displays remarkable assurance, with both the actors and the film’s very American setting. He creates an escalating sense of dread, tinged with Lehane’s brand of mordant humor.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The Drop is filled with many such small, near-perfect moments where there’s so much more going on beyond the simple exchanges of dialogue.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The Drop is a simmering thriller from the writer who gave us “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby Gone,” a tale heavy with the weight of violence we know is coming.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    A sombre, ’70s-flavoured crime drama with strong, interior performances from Hardy, Gandolfini and Rapace. Feel the (slow)burn.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Like Gandolfini, the deep Brooklyn of The Drop is formidable, bona fide and memorable.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    It's Hardy's performance, above everything else, that sneaks up on you.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Drop's unpredictability is organic rather than sensationalistic. The movie doesn't pull surprises out of thin air for the sole purpose of shocking an audience - it lets them develop naturally.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The interest here is about watching Hardy, bouncing off Gandolfini and the other cast members, as a quiet man who has turned being underestimated into his primary survival skill. And all the while we wait for the moment when Bob the puppy grows into Bob the pit bull.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The story has overtones of “On the Waterfront.”

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    The Drop reminded me of "Killing Them Softly," based on a novel by another Boston crime master, George V. Higgins.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Hardy's performance takes a little bit of the sting away from seeing Gandolfini perform on a big screen for the last time. As irreplaceable as Gandolfini may be, it's invigorating to see a young actor elevating to similar heights right before your eyes.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Drop is based on Lehane's short story Animal Rescue, and the terrific cast and punchy dialogue make it particularly worth seeing, bringing energy to a deliberately-paced tale that occasionally feels plodding.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    While director Michael Roskam lays the groundwork for a heist thriller, The Drop is fueled by character, not plot.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    The Drop is just how I like my Tom Hardy – in nearly every scene. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Though The Drop covers familiar ground, it simmers with charged emotion. The image that lingers belongs to Gandolfini.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Jeff Labrecque

    While Gandolfini fills in the gaps and silences, Rapace never colors in her underwritten character, making her a glorified MacGuffin who hangs around far too long.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Drop could have been an ordinary crime drama, but it's elevated by extraordinary performances.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Mr. Roskam’s direction is gratifyingly loose. He lets the story, which is really the least interesting part of the movie, more or less take care of itself, allowing us to savor pungent morsels of dialogue and bits of low-key actorly showboating.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The entire film vibrates with understated tension, but almost never raises its voice above a hissed threat or a discomfited mutter. For a film with so many life-or-death choices on the line, it’s almost perversely passive.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • John DeFore

    The city isn't the star of the film, nor is Lehane's excellent dialogue, and neither is Roskam, here making a sure-footed jump to America after his Belgian debut Bullhead. The picture belongs to Tom Hardy, whose astonishingly sensitive performance even the great James Gandolfini steps gently around.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The Drop is at once upfront and highly effective in its manipulations, tugging at our heartstrings even as it flicks away at our nerves.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark Feeney

    Hardy once again shows what quiet force and phenomenal range he has.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    It’s a credit to Lehane’s screenplay, director Michael R. Roskam’s restraint and a superb cast led by the masterful Tom Hardy that “The Drop” earns every sad-eyed glance and heart-tugging whimper.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    As a performance vehicle The Drop does the job. As a story, and an uncertainly padded script, the movie lurches and lets us get out ahead of its developments.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    With its optimistic ending, the film muddies its previous statements regarding the danger of unthinkingly hanging on to totems of the past.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    This is Tom Hardy‘s show, and any opportunity to see this actor exercise his skills merits attention. He, along with the rest of this top-notch ensemble, give “The Drop” far more than they get back.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    The cute puppy almost steals the show but Hardy is ace and quite the watchable chameleon in his surprising switch from lovable dumb ox to cannier-than-we-thought.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Without Hardy, The Drop would be in danger of becoming just another crime drama. With him, though, it's something else entirely -- something alive, tightly wound and irresistible.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Until the movie's cathartic showdown (and a few backstory revelations that impress too late), The Drop putters along in a dozy register, less a simmering pot than a cooling one.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Cultural authenticity seeps into the cracks of this low-key lowlife drama, whose best attribute is the pungent sense of place it possesses.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The problem isn't entirely Lehane's script... It's the way Belgian director Michael R. Roskam, making his English language debut, is so visually uninspired by all this meanness.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    An uninspired movie, The Drop would be utterly forgettable if it weren't for the fact that you’re left wondering how all this talent created something so unexceptional.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Most thriller writers don’t aim so high: You really have to grapple with Lehane’s vision to see how tiresome it is.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    James Gandolfini’s wintery silences and bitter outbursts are enough on their own to merit seeing this otherwise frustratingly vague slice of low-end Crooklyn crime life, but just barely.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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