Bonds of blood run sour in Lumet’s powerful last feature, when money troubles push brothers (a shattering and conflicted Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman) to rob their own parents’ jewelry shop. Rivetingly edited in non-chronological order, one bad choice gives rise to mayhem as things spiral horrifyingly out of control. Tense with the atmosphere of classic tragedy, Lumet finds devastating moral corruption in the most sacred of places. Also starring Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, and Amy Ryan.
“Robustly directed from Kelly Masterson's bear-trap screenplay and lit up with a number of live-wire performances… The movie grabs hold and runs you through the wringer.”
—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice