The Docks of New York

The Docks of New York ★★★

This movie finds strength in its warm but clear-eyed representation of pre-war New York. The visuals and emotions are both adequate but not nearly as strong as its reputation suggests, nor do they rival the greats of the silent era. It’s solid but doesn’t feel particularly exceptional or intriguing, and after reading so many overwhelmingly positive reviews, I’m baffled by my inability to see the supposed mastery here.

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