As if there were two screenwriters battling each other in the background, the movie takes a couple of utterly strange moves. Multi-genre by mistake, the film is either illogical or unfinished, with parts of it completely superfluous. And it's either Rourke's pretty face, or Roberts' boyish nagging that'll keep you watching.
If it wasn't for Eric Roberts' cringy overacting this one would be near-perfect. Mickey Rourke and the supporting cast all give great performances and the story felt very real. Pathetic, small-time crooks making stupid decisions and paying the price. No overblown drama.
My personal feel-good film. I could watch this every day of my life. Rourke is moody and subtle, and Roberts is over-the-top sublime. Their chemistry together makes for a viewing experience that is simply magical. And just look at the supporting cast: Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan, M. Emmet Walsh, Burt Young, Val Avery—the list goes on!
An earnest attempt at a Scorsese-esque New York street drama, but one I just couldn't connect with. Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts are both fine actors, but their characters here are so shrill and obnoxious they border on caricature. Not a terrible film, technically, but this fatal flaw makes the film as a whole uninvolving and often annoying more than anything.