Caren Weiner Campbell
June 16, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Witness Protection

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
101 minutes
performer
Tom Sizemore
director
Richard Pearce
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Mob justice indeed: After a hitman nearly whacks Boston gangster Bobby ”Bats” Batton, he and his family seek refuge in the federal Witness Protection Program — but turn on one another as they realize what it means to lose their old identities. With its moody Sopranos vibe, this modest made-for-cable drama begins gracefully but bogs down a bit during the family’s orientation, during which Whitaker, as the feds’ liaison, gives a performance so subdued he almost seems to be sleepwalking. B

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