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Once In the Life

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Plot Summary

Separated for years, with only a father in common, street-smart brothers 20/20 Mike (Laurence Fishburne) and Torch (Titus Welliver) retreat to an abandoned New York building in the aftermath of a drug heist gone sour. But when Mike summons his former partner Tony the Tiger to help the brothers out of a jam, a three-way confrontation erupts, testing the bonds of loyalty, brotherhood and love.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Without a coherent story to hold our attention, the mood of somber, lower-depths desperation soon becomes monotonous. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Despite numerous cutaways to juice things up, a movie that once moved becomes static and verbal in the stretch. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Serves only to demonstrate that Fishburne, a talented, inventive actor, is, unfortunately, not ready to write and direct motion pictures. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: While the line-readings are often dead-on, Fishburne's movie suffers from the usual one-room claustrophobia and Mametian repetitions. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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