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  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The triumph here is the natural, fluid way the characters interact, many of them displaying real-life, quirky senses of humor you don't often find in screenplays. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately has the air of a home movie project blown up to feature-length proportions. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A sweet and touching film, worth a visit. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The kind of smart, realistic indie family drama the movies should give us more often, just as they should more often offer performances as full-blooded and rich as Aiello's and Curtin's here. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    However fact-based the material may be, Jordan's salt-of-the-earth characters, with their bluster and pride and rough-edged loyalty, are all too familiar, and their travails feel formulaic, right down to the life-affirming climax. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Fails to dig out the dramatic meat, despite a yeoman performance by Danny Aiello. show more

  • 38
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    If the Giorgios were more interesting, perhaps Brooklyn Lobster would feel less sluggish. But as it is, the crustaceans' unhappy destinies are more compelling than the colorless lives of their captors. show more

  • 60
    Joe Leydon Variety

    Character's multiple mid-life crises could make this genuinely engaging drama especially appealing to older viewers. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    An unusually pure example of American kitchen-sink realism. show more

  • 50
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    Kevin Jordan (Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire), a protege of Martin Scorsese, wrote and directed this dull 2005 autobiographical feature; it feels real, but solid performances fail to enliven the characters. show more

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