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We Own the Night

Rated R for strong violence, drug material, language, some sexual content and brief nudity.

R In Theaters 10/12/2007 , 117min.
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Critic score based on 33 reviews

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June 02, 2012
wonderful movie,great acting
May 22, 2008
What a waste of anticipation! Three (some could argue four with Eva) great actors thrust into a movie in which they obviously didn't take enough time to disect the script. Too much storyline reduced to short 15-second takes. Cheap visuals. Cheezy lines. Why police and not DEA? No Russian interpreter? Where DID Amada (Eva) go? She just disappeared. How did Phoenix get inducted into NYPD
May 22, 2008
excellent!!!!!***** stars....... should be nominated for an oscar acadamy ; and also should be a soon to be award winning movie selection of an classic story with Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall.....and more....
May 22, 2008
We Own the Night was really good because of Joaquin Phoenix. He became the movie's scene stealer. He delivered a Worthy Oscar Performance, He compelled every scene. His acting in the movie was another great performance. He intensed the movie. I loved the way he brought the movie to his acting and He should've been nominated for his role of a son willing to make his life on the right path. I would
May 22, 2008
The opening scene of 80's excess and debauchery belied the simplistic, shallow plot, and oft times the story was hypocritical to the characters actions. There is very little action, a car chase and one minor gun battle at the end. Several sequences, and even scenes, add little or detract from the main storyline. Eva Mendez is great to look at, but at the end of the movie what, if anything,

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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
The problem with We Own the Night is that it mistakes sentiment for profundity, and takes its ideas about character and fate more seriously than it takes its characters and their particular fates. "I feel light as a feather," Bobby says in a crucial scene, at which point the movie starts to sink like a stone. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Phoenix is an arresting presence on screen, but don't expect any "Departed"-esque fast talk from Wahlberg, who is oddly inert in a role that should crackle with brotherly ambivalence. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
The movie really belongs to Phoenix, who gives a haunting performance with just the right degree of intensity. Full Review
James Berardinelli
With a cast like this, one has a right to expect something amazing, so the fact that We Own the Night is merely "entertaining" might cause disappointment in some quarters. Full Review
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
It's a bare-knuckled crime drama set in 1988 that stylistically could have been made that year and emphasizes Gray's strengths as a director while drawing attention to his limitations as a writer. Full Review

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