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Bart Freundlich

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About the Movie

Anthony (Taylor John Smith) is a standout player on his Manhattan high school's basketball team with seemingly everything going for him: a killer three-point shot, a loving girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), and a chance at a scholarship to Cornell. But Anthony's dreams of playing college ball are jeopardized by his volatile father (Michael Shannon), a hard-drinking writer whose compulsive gambling threatens to derail the lives of both his wife (Carla Gugino) and son. Though it goes against his nature, Anthony must summon the strength to step out from his father's shadow and reclaim his future. Boasting an explosive performance by Michael Shannon, Wolves pulses with the energy of New York City and 'the most compelling basketball scenes since Hoop Dreams' (Indiewire).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's as if Bart Freundlich, who wrote and directed, loses confidence in the performances and decides he'd better throw in every cliche in the genre. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Mar 2, 2017

Rotten: It's a showcase for some fine acting and even finer basketball action, but neither are enough to cover for this story's enervating formulaic construction. – Nick Schager, Variety, Apr 20, 2016

Rotten: A curious if unsuccessful cross-breeding of gritty domestic drama with conventional coming-of-age sports crowd-rouser. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Mar 2, 2017

Fresh: A modestly pleasing, unsurprising indie about a family undone by anger issues. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Mar 2, 2017

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Customer Reviews

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Mike is awesome.


This was a beautiful depiction of a family who loved each other but had obstacles to face and how they tried to overcome them.
This movie changed my perception and made me understand that there are different ways to understand people and what they do.
When I saw some of the Rotten Tomatoes Reviews it was clear to me that the critics were void of feelings, compassion or empathy for anyone but themselves.

deeply felt drama

For those who wrestle with the stories of their own lives and the characters who populate them, this work cuts deep. I found it cathartic. Bart Freundlich, deciding to wield often trivial cinematic devices like a samurai sword instead of a sledgehammer, manages to consistently catch you off guard with the vividness of his own exploration, and open you up even while you see the blade in motion. There is a vivid and costly effort in this work that has managed to leave its mark on me.

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