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Based on 10 Reviews
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

  • 70
    Film Threat

    It is worth seeking out for a brutally honest, achingly realistic, and emotionally compelling look at the other side of petty crime – the slow, painful path to legitimacy. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A tough, authentic street drama born, bred, and shot in the no-spin zone of working-class South Boston. show more

  • 80
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    It tells a good story well, and in the process quietly says a little something about what it means to look at the American dream from the bottom up. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    Ruffalo's feral vulnerability gives the familiar form a jolt. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Goodman's movie tends to limp along. show more

  • 75
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Goodman doesn't allow even a hint of postmodernism or self-consciousness to creep into What Doesn't Kill You, and though the movie's various heists and shootouts are gripping, they aren't especially kinetic or stylish. show more

  • 83
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo. show more

  • May 03, 2010 drarthurwells
    Report This User

    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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