Daniel Fierman
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Yards

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
115 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/20/00
performer
Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Faye Dunaway
director
James Gray
distributor
Miramax
author
James Gray, Matt Reeves
genre
Drama

We gave it a C

No sooner is Leo (Wahlberg) released from prison than his sickly mother (Ellen Burstyn) bubbles: ”From now on…nothing but good times.” Riiight. Leo promptly goes gimlet-eyed with greed, falls in with his crooked buddy (Phoenix), and winds up accused of a murder in a Queens, N.Y., train yard. The Yards comes to a dark, tidy conclusion — with the help of James Caan, Charlize Theron, and Faye Dunaway — but this competent New York City corruption tale has been told so often that it seems entirely unworthy of its strong supporting cast.

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