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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    If Martin Scorsese updated "The Roaring Twenties," the classic Jimmy Cagney movie about World War I vets who come home and find that the only jobs available are with gang lords and bootleggers, it would look a lot like Sean Kirkpatrick's rookie feature, Cost of a Soul. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Though it's rough around the edges, it is also, undeniably, a nervy, confident debut. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    While Kirkpatrick does a fine job in establishing a gritty inner-city milieu and a collection of more than credible street characters caught up in an endless cycle of crime and violence, his body count reaches the proportions of the worst sort of studio schlock. Going for a shock effect, he instead strains credulity and risks unintended laughs. show more

  • 12
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Rookie director Sean Kirkpatrick keeps stomping on the drama pedal while blowing the cliché horn, yielding scene after tired scene of predictable developments as the principals keep shoving guns into mouths and screaming obscenities. show more

  • 20
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Performances barely meet a junior-collegiate theater-troupe level, the narration hits maxi-fromage heights, and just when you think it can't get any more derivative, out comes a glowing suitcase à la "Pulp Fiction." Rock bottom has now been firmly established. show more

  • 30
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    Kirkpatrick's color-deficient visual scheme is sturdy, but it can't compensate for a mechanical, unsubtle script. show more

  • 30

    As is, the emotional elements explored by Cost of a Soul, and the devices it employs, seem trite and occasionally shoplifted from better-told tales. show more

  • 20
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    As one bloody encounter treads on the heels of the next, all that remains is a tiny indie undone by its own vicious ambitions. show more

  • 42
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    It's a lousy movie, but it has spunk. show more

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