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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.
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.
A tough, authentic street drama born, bred, and shot in the
no-spin zone of working-class South Boston.
New York Post:
This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along.
The territory is familiar, both geographically and thematically. But that doesn't detract from its authenticity and power.
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.
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.