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The Boondock Saints (2000)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 20

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

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Critic Reviews: 1
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A juvenile, ugly movie that represents the worst tendencies of directors channeling Tarantino.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
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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

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Troy Duffy

May 21, 2002

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (20) | DVD (28)

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.

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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.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (27)
Cinema Crazed

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

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comments (7)
Lessons of Darkness

It's one thing to make a film that's violent and profane; it's another to make one that's a moral black hole, and to do it because black looks cool. [Blu-ray]

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comments (13)
Groucho Reviews

Train wreck!

October 13, 2007 | Comment (1)
ColeSmithey.com

While I don't think the flick really has much of a brain in its head ... it sure isn't boring.

June 10, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

If you can't sit back and enjoy an entertaining popcorn flick like The Boondock Saints, then you'll probably never understand the difference between the movies and real life.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

It taps into everyone's secret desire for vigilantism.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (9)
7M Pictures

Definitely an exercise in style over substance.

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

It is, by turns, hilariously awful and just plain unhilariously awful, full of its own nonexistent momentousness, an unintentional parody of hardboiled gangster flicks.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (8)
Flick Filosopher

Visualmente interessante, o filme se corrompe ao fazer apologia da "justiça com as próprias mãos". Ainda assim, a atuação de Dafoe merece ser conferida.

February 21, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It does the job, but doesn't do a very good job of it.

October 29, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Stylish and fun in a cheeseball sort of way.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

From this cast, you'd expect better, but it's mostly just a redundant Tarantino wanna-be.

February 2, 2003 | Comments (4)
New Times

A ridiculous, self-important amalgamation of rehashed macho posturing and slow-motion bloodletting. Do yourself a favor: do not attend a convocation with these Saints.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Comments (15)
Entertainment Today

Duffy has made a film that sort of straddles the fine line between great movie and useless piece of garbage.

June 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The Boondock Saints, sorry to say, wasn't worth the trouble.

May 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (10)
Film Freak Central

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.
April 16, 2014
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November 18, 2013
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CAST: Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, Willem Defoe, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly

DIRECTED BY: Troy Duffy

SUMMARY: Encouraged by the public's praise, two Catholic brothers, Conner and Murphy MacManus bring a bloody brand of vigilante justice against Boston's Russian mafia and crime lord Yakavetta.

MY THOUGHTS: I liked it, thought it had some good action. Not as funny as I thought it would be. But a good movie none the less. Really liked the 'funny man'. He made me laugh a few times. But Willem Defoe really shocked me in this film. He was great and really stands out in this movie.. You will see why or know why if you have seen this or are going to see this. Anyways, a good time kind of movie with great action, a bit funny, and very much entertaining... See it if you haven't.
October 15, 2012
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    1. Murphy MacManus: Checkov? Well, this here's McCoy. We find a Spock, we got us an away team.
    – Submitted by Nick S (10 months ago)
    1. Conner MacManus: And Shepherds we shall be For thee, my Lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.
    – Submitted by Johonna D (18 months ago)
    1. Conner MacManus: Isn't that right Rambo?
    2. Murphy MacManus: Fine, get you're stupid fucking rope.
    – Submitted by Sara D (22 months ago)
    1. Conner MacManus: I can't believe that happened!
    2. Rocco: Is it dead?
    – Submitted by Sara D (22 months ago)
    1. Murphy MacManus: We're like 711, we ain't always doing business... But we're always open.
    – Submitted by Sara D (22 months ago)
    1. Murphy MacManus: You'd probably have better luck with beer.
    – Submitted by Sara D (22 months ago)
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