What Doesn't Kill You Synopsis
Two childhood friends (Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke) do what it takes to survive in South Boston.
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The Hollywood Reporter

With Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke registering personal bests in the performance category as well as playing magnificently and...
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83

Christian Science Monitor

By Peter Rainer
The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A tough, authentic street drama born, bred, and shot in the no-spin zone of working-class South Boston.
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80

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
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...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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...
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75

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
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...
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70

Los Angeles Times

Ruffalo's feral vulnerability gives the familiar form a jolt.
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70

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It is worth seeking out for a brutally honest, achingly realistic, and emotionally compelling look at the other side of petty crime – the...
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along.
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40

Village Voice

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Goodman's movie tends to limp along.
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What Doesn't Kill You

By jestrain
This was a great film. Excellent cast and very well acted, and wonderful character development. I would recommend it highly....

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Rated R | For language, drug use, some violence and brief sexuality