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696 Ratings

The Drop

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam
United States, 2014
Crime, Drama


Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

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The Drop Directed by Michaël R. Roskam

Awards & Festivals

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Screenplay

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2015 | Nominee: British Actor of the Year

Zurich Film Festival

2014 | Special Mention: International Feature Film

The Drop is, I think, a plainly ridiculous movie… Nevertheless, I found [its] silliness sort of endearing. It helps that Tom Hardy exudes warmth so naturally, here playing the ne’er-do-well heavy in a hapless, even dopey way, with an accent that reminded me a little of Adam Sandler.
December 15, 2014
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Roskam directed the constantly improving Schoenaerts in the 2011 Belgian crime thriller Bullhead. That was a more overheated cousin to this new movie, which has the seediness you’ve come to expect from something set around a mob-owned bar. Lehane writes some sharp, funny exchanges, but the longer the movie goes on, the less original it becomes and the harder it is to believe — even with Hardy doing a legible, alluring variation on Marlon Brando.
September 24, 2014
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[Hardy’s performance is] a remarkably cagey piece of acting, upon which The Drop ultimately depends for its unexpected source of power, and confirms that Hardy is his generation’s equivalent of Gary Oldman—a chameleon whose transformations never seem skin-deep.
September 10, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Drop

    Featuring three (now two, R.I.P. James Gandolfini) of the best 3.0 "Strong Silent Type" antiheroes types: Hardy, Schoenaerts & Gandolfini (Affleck was shooting "Gone Girl"). Guys that can have entire conversations with their backs turned to us, communicating solely with their movement (hands, gestures, mannerisms), gazes and ultimately with their torn/hurt silence(s). Men's men. Tom Hardy: the World's wettest dream ▽

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film The Drop

    Polar sombre & existentiel, où 4 personnages rencontrent leur destin, autour d'un bar appartenant à la mafia tchétchène à New-York. Oeuvre maîtrisée du le belge ROSKAM, dont le 1r film BULLHEAD avait fait sensation.== Dark & existential, where 4 characters meet their destiny around a bar belonging to the Chechen mafia in New York. Mastered work of the Belgian ROSKAM, who made the sensation with his 1st film BULLHEAD.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Drop

    Dennis Lehane has slowly become the number one apologist for the worst kind of bullshit conception of American manhood. Should we thank Tom Hardy for sneakily undermining him in this endeavor? What kind of manhood are we dealing w/ here? Let me proceed by asking another question: is Tom Hardly consciously playing the character as mildly retarded? Because the script in no way suggests this. I am genuinely curious.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film The Drop

    This is a pretty solid crime drama. The stiff genre elements are elevated by slick writing and a great performance from Tom Hardy. James Gandolfini is enjoyable, but his character seems like a Tony Soprano facsimile. It gets a little preachy at times, especially the macho bloviations from the two main characters.

  • f-nanda's rating of the film The Drop

    "There are some sins you commit that you cant come back from no matter how hard you try... Its like the devil is waiting for your body to quit. Because he knows that he already owns your soul. And then, I think, maybe, you know, there is no devil. You die, and God, He says: Nah, you cant come in. You have to leave now. You have to leave and go away and you have to be alone. You have to be alone forever."

  • galuh indri's rating of the film The Drop

    "There are some sins that you commit that you can't come back from, you know, no matter how hard you try. You just can't. It's like the devil is waiting for your body to quit. Because he knows, he knows that he already owns your soul. And then I think maybe there's no devil. You die... and God, he says, Nah, nah you can't come in. You have to leave now. You have to leave and go away and you have to be alone."

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film The Drop

    A superbly scripted, shot and acted -- if familiar -- slow-burn character study. The modest scale is both refreshing and distancing; as with "Killing Them Softly," the events lack a crucial sense of urgency. However, "The Drop" has strong characters where that film did not. The cast is perfect. Gandolfini in particular is superb, in a more nuanced, rich turn than I expected. Also, James Frecheville, is that you?!

  • J. O.'s rating of the film The Drop

    Following his beautiful debut, Bullhead, I anticipated director Roskam would blow us away with a larger budget, weighty cast, and great source material. Unfortunately, it was just... boring. Most performances were painfully derivative. Talk about typecasting. They were silhouettes. Even the talented Noomi had to play another scarred up wuss (see: Dead Man Down). Schoenaerts shines here, but not enough to save it.

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