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Fresh: If audiences aren't bothered by this disturbing subtext, there's a lot to enjoy in this impeccably structured, handsomely produced saga.
- David Stratton, Variety, Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Rotten: Levinson has done nothing to sift the half-truths from the melodrama...
- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006
True story or not, its definitely a great one & surely worth a watch. Not that its flawless; it surely does have its share of loose ends. But the loose ends weren't enough to put me off the hook. The movie boasts of a huge cast, & fortunately each one have given their best (or so it seemed to me). As far as the controversy regarding it being based on real events is concerned, IMO its all as much real as The Blair Witch Project. Thankfully unlike TBWP, we had some intriguing story going on here & didn't have to put up with idiotic shaky camera work (that's not as much a problem though, if the proceedings are engaging as in Rec]). Finally, though a bit flawed, it was surely worth my time. Go for it; see if it manages to get deep into your blood!!!
- imrealgod, Friday, April 9, 2010
An amazing film that is both perfectly cast and epicly told. Brad Pitt and Jason Patrick led a flawless cast that all gave tremendous performances. Kevin Bacon was especially disturbing. The mood of the film is what makes it so beautiful. All of the visuals reflect a dying city with little hope, much like the lives of the four leads.
- ythelastman89, Sunday, November 22, 2009