Ash Wednesday Reviews

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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
March 24, 2011
With more swagger than Saint Pat on Snake Day, Edward Burns struts around 1983 Hell's Kitchen in search of a Sopranos audition.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 30, 2003
...unlike [Scorsese's Mean Streets], Ash Wednesday is essentially devoid of interesting characters or even a halfway intriguing plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 23, 2003
Ash Wednesday is not Edward Burns' best film, but it is a good and ambitious film. And it marks him as one of the most interesting writer/directors working today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 14, 2002
Burns' fifth beer-soaked film feels in almost every possible way -- from the writing and direction to the soggy performances -- tossed off.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 11, 2002
An ambitious, guilt-suffused melodrama crippled by poor casting.
| Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
October 11, 2002
We don't see much box-office green in this film's future.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 10, 2002
This may be Burns's strongest film since The Brothers McMullen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
October 10, 2002
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2002
For all its brooding quality, Ash Wednesday is suspenseful and ultimately unpredictable, with a sterling ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
October 10, 2002
There ought to be a directing license, so that Ed Burns can have his revoked.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 9, 2002
Despite the authenticity of the trappings, the film is overblown in its plotting, hackneyed in its dialogue and anachronistic in its style.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 17, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
April 20, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
October 19, 2007
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004

Guardian
April 9, 2004
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