What Doesn't Kill You 2008

Critics score:
64 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Ben Lyons, At the Movies: Nothing really going on here Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Rather 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. Read more

Noel Murray, AV 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. Read more

Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times: It feels, if not like real life, at least like a movie you haven't seen before. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: A tough, authentic street drama born, bred, and shot in the 
 no-spin zone of working-class South Boston. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along. Read more

Mark Holcomb, Time Out: Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: The territory is familiar, both geographically and thematically. But that doesn't detract from its authenticity and power. Read more

Robert Koehler, Variety: A fine example of traditional American storytelling lined with full-bodied performances, pic is especially notable for giving Mark Ruffalo the kind of complete role this subtle, instinctive actor has long deserved yet too seldom gets. Read more

Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice: Ruffalo draws on his knack for summoning an incongruous brooding bulk from within, and the result almost sucks the air from Hawke's rangy routine of nerves and sinewy smiles. Read more