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6.7 out of 10

What Doesn't Kill You

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Tss5078, Metacritic
22 February 2013
  • Summary: This was a pretty intense movie, but it felt as though as I watching it in fast forward. What Doesn't Kill You is the story of two brothers, who grow up in poverty and whom turned to organized crime to survive. For fifteen years, they did what they were told, but with the boss on his way to prison, they decide to go off on their own.
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Overall 8
8.0

What Doesn't Kill You

Andres Benatar Luque (andy@globalheadhunters.net), IMDb
10 February 2011
  • Summary: What doesn't kill us makes stronger sure. At first strength and survival may come as the ultimate gift in the end of a difficult ordeal. However in the end, what does this concept truly do for us? Does it change us for the better, or for the worse. These questions come with 2 different answers.
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Overall 9
9.0

Heartfelt and Tough in equal doses

guiltron, IMDb
22 January 2010
  • Summary: This powerful true story is brought to life with great directing and the amazing acting of both Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke. Everything in this film screams "real". Realism is the key as the film captures the story of two men trying to live their life with the 'cards they've been dealt'. Brian's life is not uncommon. There are countless men (and women) that have grown up not knowing any way of getting by in life without living a life of hustling and grinding.
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Overall 8
8.0

This is a very underrated film.

themightyredemption, IMDb
26 November 2009
  • Summary: This is a very underrated film. I think its a shame it never has gotten publicity. I randomly picked it up on the fly for free a local library on DVD and was amazed that I never even have heard of it. There are no gimmicks or high wire stunts this was true to life. We need more of these films to rejuvenate what the cinema has become lately. I was thoroughly impressed on all levels with this film.
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Overall 8
8.0

Deeply personal movie

rich_au_koch, IMDb
20 June 2009
  • Summary: The guys who made this movie sure have a lot of heart, the title says it all. A beautiful movie that holds at its centre a story of personal transformation. While Paulie (Hawke) tries to play the best hand with the cards he is given, Brian (Ruffalo) plays along, craps out and eventually learns a different game. An inspiring story of what can happen when someone loves something past themself and gets a little help along the way. The soundtrack is special.
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Overall 6
6.0

And yet another kids to criminals to wake up call movie

gradyharp, IMDb
7 May 2009
  • Summary: This film is yet another rehash of that glut of films about kids who begin lives of crime early on, go to jail, and come out either enlightened or unchanged. Set in South Boston, WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU happens to star some fine actors in Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, and Amanda Peet, and their presence makes the film watchable.
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Overall 7
7.0

Great Acting & Strong storyline

Karthik Gowda, IMDb
19 April 2009
  • Summary: I had not seen any promos or hear about this movie movie from anyone. I picked up the DVD for one reason that it had Ethan Hawke & Mark Ruffalo in it. And boy I'll tell they have done great justice to the characters. I expected a little too much out of the movie, but I wasn't too disappointed either. Movie runs at a very decent and a balanced pace Acting, writing & directing - Yes Brian Goodman has done a good job.
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Overall 7
7.0

Well acted slice of life crime drama about two friends on the bottom rung trying to get ahead

dbborroughs, IMDb
5 April 2009
  • Summary: Story of two guys from Boston. Both are petty criminals on the low end of the Boston crime organizations. As they try to make a human wage, both have to deal with their demons. When one decides to try for one last score the other has to decide whether to go along. Well acted and well made examination of the effects of crime on the criminals and their family. Stars Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke are excellent as the two friends who are trying to just get ahead.
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Overall 10
10

Wow!, best film this year so far.

seeksSilence, IMDb
11 March 2009
  • Summary: It's not often you come across a film that just blows you away, this film does it all on every level. An Oscar winning performance by far for Mark Ruffalo, not a name I instantly new but a face I recognized from somewhere. His decent into a drug riddled alcoholic existence is a heartfelt performance that shines the brightest in this movie.
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Overall 10
10

Excellent film that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!!

BronzeKeilani26, IMDb
9 March 2009
  • Summary: Expecting this film to be another predictable action movie, I was in for a HUGE surprise. Wow!!! Everything, the acting, writing, editing, and the music score, all made a brilliant contribution to this masterpiece which observes the childhood and lives of two relentless criminals. Mark and Ethan's stunning performance elevates the film from a standard gritty fare into an emotional, brutal, bitter realism that will hit home for so many!
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