De Niro's decision to make Dwight a loony from the get-go throws the delicate symmetry of the story out of whack. show more
The movie is successful largely because [DiCaprio] is a good enough actor to hold his own in his scenes with De Niro, so that the movie remains his story, and isn't upstaged by the loathsome but colorful Dwight. show more
In capturing the compelling battle between a boy and his abusive stepfather, director Michael Caton-Jones cannily avoids obvious sentimentality, opting to let a rather brutal story tell itself. show more
August 18, 2011 ramonartz35
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