An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance.
- Todd McCarthy, Variety, August 05, 2008
I can't remember when a film so well-acted and so well-rendered visually was also so oppressive to sit through.
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, April 27, 2007
A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, June 24, 2006
- , Globe and Mail, April 25, 2003
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 08, 2001
After a point, The Yards crosses the line from portentously atmospheric to merely dolorous.
- Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 01, 2000
By the end, we're left with a feeling of depletion rather than resolution.
- Jay Carr, Boston Globe, January 01, 2000
- Susan Stark, Detroit News, January 01, 2000
It is so choked with its own solemnity that it barely musters the energy to tell a story.
- Robert Horton, Film.com, January 01, 2000
A slice of NYC made with imitation cheese.
- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, January 01, 2000
It's that [moral] ambiguity that makes the film interesting.
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, January 01, 2000
A rare and often quite good try at making a thriller with real people and believable contemporary backgrounds.
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, January 01, 2000
The film's intense realism has a transcendent quality that makes it feel -- dare I say it? -- almost Shakespearean in the depth and scope of its commentary on the human condition.
- Peter Brunette, Film.com, January 01, 2000
- Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, January 01, 2000
One of the best dramatic films to come out of Hollywood this year.
- Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com, January 01, 2000
More preoccupied with themes and moods than providing anything intriguing plot-wise or character-wise for the viewer to truly care about.
- Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter, January 01, 2000
One of The Yards' impressive elements is the way that, while it sometimes strains credibility, it conjures up an entire world -- and an entire world view -- without ever leaving Queens.
- Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, January 01, 2000
The Yards may not have enough story to sustain its narrative momentum, but Gray just might be our best shot at a new Coppola.
- Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz, January 01, 2000
Production designer Kevin Thompson's crucial contribution to the film's authenticity is as accurate as it is subtle.
- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, January 01, 2000
Remarkable for the way in which every character has more than one side.
- Jonathan Foreman, New York Post, January 01, 2000