Critic Consensus: Galveston's talented cast - and confident direction from Mélanie Laurent - help set this uneven crime drama apart from less distinguished genre entries.
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A muted crime drama that runs out of plot too soon, but makes up for it with powerhouse performances and a finely shaded sense of place.
With shadowy imagery that pushes the boundaries of visibility and a mumbly lead performance from Ben Foster that strains the limits of intelligibility, "Galveston" goes past film noir and lands at film murk.
The coda abruptly re-configures a tired crime saga into an altogether different kind of story, one that doesn't see redemption as something Roy might achieve for himself, but rather as something that he can give to the people who need it from him.
Everything about Galveston is expertly realized, provided you're willing to ignore the nagging emptiness where its emotional core was meant to be.
There are some late, minor twists in Galveston that suggest the movie has more on its mind than it lets on - but they ultimately don't amount to much.
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