• Unrated, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Nathan Morlano
    In Theaters:
    Apr 27, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 27, 2012
  • IFC Films

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Citizen Gangster Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Inspired by Boyd's story, rather than literally retelling it, the movie is less a gangster film than an existential allegory of choices and limitations.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Morlando has crafted a stylishly shot and evocatively designed period piece. But it's the dashing, quietly charismatic Speedman who proves the main draw, holding our attention even when the movie doesn't.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Clay Steakley
Paste Magazine

The true moments of tension and danger in this film sing, and some moments, big and small, will haunt the viewer.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.7/10

May 3, 2012
John Semley
AV Club

Citizen Gangster hits its marks when it's exploding the character's larger-than-life status, aided in large part by Speedman's career-best turn.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

April 26, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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As good as Citizen Gangster is, it would be even better if you could understand the dialogue.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 25, 2012
Matt Singer
Time Out New York
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Writer-director Nathan Morlando leeches every last bit of color from the frame, until the world around Boyd looks so dreary and drab you can almost understand his desire to liven the place up with a little theatrical mayhem.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2012
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Morlando shows commendable focus (even Cox dials it down), and his movie's modest aspirations nicely reflect the condition in which Boyd, his damaged charisma spent, finally thrives.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 24, 2012
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

"Citizen Gangster" is not exactly riveting. Speedman does the best he can in the title role. He gives his character life even as the sub par script drags us along.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: C

October 2, 2012
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

With no firm hand guiding the proceedings, this potentially interesting slice of Canadian history winds up feeling like just another "Crime Doesn't Pay" PS

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

April 27, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

How could the tale of Toronto's most flamboyant bank robber be turned into such a blah, seen-it-all-before film?

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 27, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Morlando has chosen to approach this material not with witty cynicism, but with quiet, and at times leaden, sincerity.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 27, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A good-looking but passionless affair that remains stubbornly aloof from its audience.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 26, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO] Everything about "Citizen Gangster" seems second-rate.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D+

April 22, 2012
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Its commentary on our fascination with law-breakers is virtually nonexistent, except to the extent that the film itself revels in the doomed romanticism of its own protagonist.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2012
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