75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The kind of smart, realistic indie family drama the movies should give us more often, just as they should more often offer performances as full-blooded and rich as Aiello's and Curtin's here.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The triumph here is the natural, fluid way the characters interact, many of them displaying real-life, quirky senses of humor you don't often find in screenplays.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A sweet and touching film, worth a visit.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
However fact-based the material may be, Jordan's salt-of-the-earth characters, with their bluster and pride and rough-edged loyalty, are all too familiar, and their travails feel formulaic, right down to the life-affirming climax.
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60

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Character's multiple mid-life crises could make this genuinely engaging drama especially appealing to older viewers.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Ultimately has the air of a home movie project blown up to feature-length proportions.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Fails to dig out the dramatic meat, despite a yeoman performance by Danny Aiello.
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50

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
An unusually pure example of American kitchen-sink realism.
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50

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Kevin Jordan (Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire), a protege of Martin Scorsese, wrote and directed this dull 2005 autobiographical feature; it feels real, but solid performances fail to enliven the characters.
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38

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
If the Giorgios were more interesting, perhaps Brooklyn Lobster would feel less sluggish. But as it is, the crustaceans' unhappy destinies are more compelling than the colorless lives of their captors.
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55 out of 100
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