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R| 1 hr. 40 min.

Plot Summary
Friends since childhood, Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Ethan Hawke) do whatever it takes to survive in their hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood. Crime has always been part of their lives, and now they find themselves on the payroll of a hoodlum named Pat Kelly (Brian Goodman). While Brian sinks deeper into the criminal cesspool, Paulie plans one last heist, one that he hopes can pull them both out of their dead-end lives.

Cast: Mark Ruffalo , Ethan Hawke , Amanda Peet , Will Lyman , Brian Goodman , Donnie Wahlberg , Lenny Clarke , Angela Featherstone

Director: Brian Goodman

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: Yari Film Group

What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

Release Date: December 12th, 2008|1 hr. 40 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Like "The Departed" and "Gone Baby Gone," What Doesn't Kill You is an engrossing, gritty, sharply written and well-acted drama set on the mean streets of South Boston. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    With Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke registering personal bests in the performance category as well as playing magnificently and ultraconvincingly off each other, What Doesn't Kill You, a true story that is powerful and completely riveting from beginning to end. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along. show more

  • May 03, 2010 drarthurwells
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    First part builds the foundation of the movie depicting violent action. But this becomes more than just an action movie as the criminal culture and psyche is probed. Then the human drama of the movie is developed to its conclusion, Excellent film, Ruffalo gives his finest performance to date, reminiscent of the early performances of Marlon Brando (before he became disenchanted with Hollywood).

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