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.