The Boondock Saints (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Boondock Saints (1999)




Critic Consensus: A juvenile, ugly movie that represents the worst tendencies of directors channeling Tarantino.

Movie Info

Feeling that they are doing God's will, two Catholic men from Boston set out to kill everyone in this Reservoir Dogs-style vigilante thriller. Brothers Conner and Murphy MacManus (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) take to performing their divine duty against the Russian mob. They massacre a bunch of unsuspecting Mafioso in a scene of absurd violence, then they let more blood in a mass killing of porn-shop customers. Instead of getting thrown in jail, they are dubbed "saints" by the Boston Herald, and they are praised by brilliant, tortured, and gay FBI agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe). ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong violence, language, and sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Troy Duffy
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2002
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Willem Dafoe
as Paul Smecker
Sean Patrick Flanery
as Conner MacManus
Norman Reedus
as Murphy MacManus
David Ferry
as Detective Dolly
Brian Mahoney
as Detective Duffy
Bob Marley
as Detective Greenly
William Young
as Monsignor
Robert Pemberton
as Mackle Penny
Bill Craig
as McGerldn
Dot-Marie Jones
as Rosengurtle
Scott Griffith
as Ivan Checkov
James Binkley
as Officer Newman
Matthew Chaffee
as Officer Chaffey
Robert Vernon Eaton
as Officer Langley
Kym Kristalie
as Beat-up Woman
Peter Windrem
as Reporter No. 1
Elizabeth Brown
as Reporter No. 2
Johnathan Higgins
as Officer Mitchell
Lizz Alexander
as Virginal Woman
Derek Murchie
as Media Man No. 1
Robert B. Kennedy
as Media Man No. 2
Carlo Rota
as Yakavetta
Ron Jeremy
as Vincenzo Lipazzi
Tom Barnett
as Irish Gun Dealer
Victor Pedtchenk
as The Fat Man
Jimmy Tingle
as The Priest
Morris Santia
as Drug Dealer
Roberta Angelica
as Forensic Woman No. 1
Markus Parilo
as Sick Mob Man
Gary Nicholson
as Correctional Officer
Ryan Parks
as Langley
Pat Riccio
as Mafia Man
Chris Brinker
as Mafiosa No. 1
Don Carmody
as Mafiosa No. 2
Bob Marley
as Detective Greenly
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Critic Reviews for The Boondock Saints

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2)

Satire or self-parody would be vastly preferable to the film's unironic endorsement of outlaw justice, but you'd be hard pressed to find anything resembling irony or subversiveness in this exercise in lovingly rendered ultra-violence.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

More interested in finding fresh ways to stage execution scenes than in finding meaning behind the human urge for self-appointed righting of wrongs, pic is stuffed with effects that have no lasting impact.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
Top Critic

Willem Dafoe's portrayal of the conflicted homosexual FBI agent is overacted to such an extent that it is hilarious, amazing and entertaining. His is an unforgettable character.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Laramie Movie Scope

Duffy's models are clearly snarky, ultraviolent Tarantino-esque crime pictures, but this movie's cleverness is never quite on a par with its bloodlust.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An embarrassing waste of time, and nothing even resembling the guiltiest of guilty pleasures...

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Cinema Crazed

[A] dim-witted, aesthetically clunky Tarantino clone.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for The Boondock Saints

Two Irish Catholic fraternal twin brothers, inspired by the divine, embark on a mission of bloodshed throughout Boston's criminal underworld as a flamboyant government agent tries to apprehend them while simultaneously taking their side in the stylish, memorable, and wildly entertaining cult favorite.

Oh man, how times (or at least me) have changed. When I first saw this, I was blown away. I thought it was an amazing work of art and it proved pretty influential to my life, at least for a while. Now, after revisiting it nearly a decade after first seeing it, I find myself more critical, less impressed, and having a more nuanced reaction.

The MacManus Brothers seem like vigilantes who only go after serious sinners, but no, they're not true vigilantes. If anything, they're more like psychotic religious zealots who go on serial killeresque rampages. Sure, they're doing good, but, when you really think about it, they're pretty messed up guys themselves.

I still like the religious elements, and the questions of morality and moral ambiguity, but, while I generally like antiheroes, this is a case where the moral ambiguity kinda makes me feel uncomfortable, and it disturbs me some. However, since the film is really idiosyncratic, stylish, and super cool, I can't hate on it too much, as it is entertaining. Yeah, it's pretty derivative, and maybe tries a bit too hard, but I think it still kinda works, even if it is messy, and has become ridiculously popular.

Yeah, I'm complaining, but I'm still giving this a pretty high rating because, well, it is fun, it is entertaining, it does raise good questions and makes you think about things, and well, I dunno. It just has this odd appeal to it. Plus, the casting and acting (namely Dafoe, Flannery, Reedus, and Connolly) are solid, and, when the film works, it works well. Yeah, sometimes it goes a little overboard, but it mostly holds it all in.

Bottom line: see this thing already. I know it's become a cliche to love this movie, and I admit to blindly going nuts for it, but I have since matured, and, while I know it has a lot of problems, it's still a good movie. Plus, sentimentality is a bitch. I can't hate on something too hard that helped shaped who I've become.

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