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Ash Wednesday (2002)

Ash Wednesday



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Movie Info

Hell's Kitchen on Ash Wednesday, 1983. Rumors are flying that Francis Sullivan's younger brother Sean, dead for three years, has reappeared. If he wasn't killed by rivals, then old scores still need settling, putting Fran and Sean in danger.more
Rating: R (for pervasive language and some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Burns
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for Ash Wednesday

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

With more swagger than Saint Pat on Snake Day, Edward Burns struts around 1983 Hell's Kitchen in search of a Sopranos audition.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

An ambitious, guilt-suffused melodrama crippled by poor casting.

October 11, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

This time Mr. Burns is trying something in the Martin Scorsese street-realist mode, but his self-regarding sentimentality trips him up again.

Full Review… | October 10, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

For all its brooding quality, Ash Wednesday is suspenseful and ultimately unpredictable, with a sterling ensemble cast.

Full Review… | October 10, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There ought to be a directing license, so that Ed Burns can have his revoked.

Full Review… | October 10, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Despite the authenticity of the trappings, the film is overblown in its plotting, hackneyed in its dialogue and anachronistic in its style.

October 9, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ash Wednesday

Edward Burns and Elijah Wood star as brothers growing up as part of irish gangs in hells kitchen after one of them kills a group of men who were gonna kill his brother he vanishes from his neighborhood figured for dead he turns up years later and no one has forgotten what he has done so now its a race for the two bothers to keep each other safe and too get out of town before they both end up dead. that sums of this plot of really well done drama that should be seen by anyone that enjoys a good crime drama type film

ken j

Super Reviewer


Good film, sad yet realistic ending.

Chosen 718

Super Reviewer


I dunno, it was a decent thriller. Kind've slow though. Very moody. All the language got old real fast, and the way it glorified the catholic church... plus the way they played the one strand of music throughout the whole movie. Elijah Wood looked way too young for his role. It all adds up to a movie that's not worth seeing unless you have nothing better to do.

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