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50
New York Daily News
Nothing you haven't already seen elsewhere, except for Vin Diesel looking even then like a box-office champ.
50
Boston Globe
Likable performances are critically wounded by implausible scenarios and derivative-minded direction referencing everything from ''Reservoir Dogs'' to ''Fargo.''
30
Chicago Reader
Malkovich is severely miscast as a heartless and conniving thug admired by the hero (apparently Charles Grodin was busy), and Hopper, in a paper-thin role, barely registers.
30
L.A. Weekly
Koppelman and Lieven's toneless, generic direction style is slack, not slick, and they handle actors like livestock. Only John Malkovich, as Matty's psychotic uncle, retains his dignity.
30
Certainly, Malkovich's portrayal of mob lieutenant Teddy Deserve (!) and his lacquered swagger represent the only thing here that you haven't seen a hundred times before.
25
Totally underwhelming.
25
Lackluster mob picture.
20
When it comes to father, sons and mob life, stick to "The Godfather."
10
Village Voice
The only drama is in waiting to hear how John Malkovich's reedy consigliere will pronounce his next line.
10
Salon.com
One of those strained caper movies that's hardly any fun to watch and begins to vaporize from your memory minutes after it ends.

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