...is full of such riddles, made more conspicuous because the bulk of what happens on screen is so tidily overwrought, emblazoned as “meaningful.”
A strong story in which the familiar cop drama elements are efficiently handled to serve the beautifully played-out psychological study.
...this formulaic police procedural thriller is lifted by a star-making turn from James Franco and a return to form for Robert De Niro.
There is hurt here, and De Niro is too good an actor to reduce it to a plot gimmick. He feels it.
...the film's moody, retro-looking exteriors successfully evoke the decaying, impoverished section of New York's Long Beach (a.k.a. "The City by the Sea")...