We Own the Night Synopsis
As the NYPD wages war on drugs, a nightclub manager whose brother is a cop tries to remain neutral.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie's climactic car chase is as absurdly thrilling as it is innovative. Set almost silently in a blue-gray daytime downpour, it has a...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
We Own the Night is defiantly, refreshingly unhip.
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By 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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie really belongs to Phoenix, who gives a haunting performance with just the right degree of intensity.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is an atmospheric, intense film, well acted, and when it's working it has a real urgency.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The story is too patterned and too contrived.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
When it goes wrong, specifically when Bobby is given a badge like an angry Earp brother in "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," the story turns...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
At times solid and suspenseful, at times dopily implausible and woefully familiar.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A more accomplished film than "Yards." Yet it will fail to satisfy police movie buffs, as procedures are de-emphasized, and the drama is...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Things are a little off. The style is gritty 1970s-style crime thriller, but the morals are straight out of 2007, and the movie is set in...
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When the going gets tough...

By Daydream
Even with the routine "cops and robbers" theme, the performances were what made the movie. Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall play their roles with tremedous heart making the movie come...

Good weekend time killer

By jdjgill1
I watched this in a sneak preview last night. All actors involved put on a great performance. The storyline is actually interesting to follow along with. I got a sense of hesitant nervous energy...


By cjtolmie
Definetly not, “The Departed”. Decent performances from the actors, but the script just isn’t that good....

We Own the Night

By Janie8024
Was good, but the movie needed a bigger part for Mark Wahlberg to make it better....


By jay10303
but not to much mark walberg which is why i went but will buy dvd but okay not great though it would be better...

Great Movie

By Jlind414
My wife and I enjoyed the show. Joaquin, Mark and Robert were great as usual. Lots of good action and I definitely recommend checking it out. Some of the story is a little unrealistic and convenient,...

Must see

By marged07
I thought this was a great movie and a must see......

I dunnol

By Pooker
This movie had the potential to be a great movie. It even had a great cast. But the theater we saw it at must have got a "botched" copy or something. Throughout the whole movie you could see the...

Loved It!

By lauranoelle
Enjoyed this movie. I saw Rendition the same week and We Own the Night was so much better....


By signalbaby
It was a wonderful movie! I'd see it again, just not pay to see it again. There were parts that seemed extremley slow...as if the characters were stadning around wondering what to do next. ...But,...

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Rated R | For strong violence, drug material, language, some sexual content and brief nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Well-acted but very bloody crime drama.
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