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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    (Rourke's) nearly unrecognizable presence is characteristic of the odd pockets of talent (and, sometimes, lint) in Steve Buscemi's film. show more

  • 75
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    A genre-busting film that deserves to be seen. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Buscemi's directing blends hard-hitting visual qualities with great emotional energy. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    A wonderfully acted, strangely low-key prison movie. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    There's something surprisingly sweet at the center of this grim prison drama. show more

  • 80
    Amy Taubin Village Voice

    Tender, poignant, and homoerotically charged, this complicated father-son relationship is brought to life by two brilliant actors and a director who's canny enough to give them all the room they need. show more

  • 80
    Gene Seymour Los Angeles Times

    One of the least sensationalistic--and therefore, more unsettlingly plausible--visions of prison life ever transfigured into big-screen drama. show more

  • 70
    Ernest Hardy

    It's a guy's film that doesn't just revel in testosterone, though -- it has a more purposeful agenda. show more

  • 70
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    Willem Dafoe steals the picture with his comic timing. show more

  • 70

    In one of his best leading screen turns, Dafoe makes a potentially unlikely construct into a fascinating, full-blooded figure. show more

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