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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    With Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke registering personal bests in the performance category as well as playing magnificently and ultraconvincingly off each other, What Doesn't Kill You, a true story that is powerful and completely riveting from beginning to end.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Goodman's movie tends to limp along.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    Ruffalo's feral vulnerability gives the familiar form a jolt.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Like "The Departed" and "Gone Baby Gone," What Doesn't Kill You is an engrossing, gritty, sharply written and well-acted drama set on the mean streets of South Boston.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    It tells a good story well, and in the process quietly says a little something about what it means to look at the American dream from the bottom up.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A tough, authentic street drama born, bred, and shot in the no-spin zone of working-class South Boston.

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