• R, 2 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:    Martin Scorsese
  • In Theaters:    Dec 20, 2002 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jul 1, 2003
  • Miramax Films

Gangs of New York Reviews

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S. James Wegg
March 2, 2012

Scorsese scores some fine political points along the way and demonstrates the mastery of his craft in every scene, but the underlying theme of brutal revenge at any cost loses its way too early on...

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010

Brilliant but devastating. High schoolers and up.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
November 23, 2010

One of Scorsese's weakest films, a wannabe historical epic that's essentially a formulaic revenge saga; the only reason to see it is Daniel Day-Lewis' compelling performance as Bill the Butcher.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 3, 2010

[A] flawed masterpiece.

Michael Dequina
February 18, 2009

The whole may not add up to the sum of its parts, but it's difficult to dismiss the brilliance of those parts.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

It's a story of such relevance to New York, to America and even to the rest of the world, that just had to be told on film with as much impact as a filmmaker can muster. And Martin Scorsese musters much.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 30, 2008

The impact is all in the broad strokes of Scorsese's design: the corresponding coming-of-age stories of three confused and violent adolescents: Amsterdam Vallon, New York City, and America. [Blu-Ray]

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008

Why did Scorsese spend three decades thirsting to make this movie? It's nowhere clear on the screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

Gangs becomes a standard revenge opus. And a long one at that.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Zingale
November 29, 2006

It's a story of violence, revenge, racial intolerance and class struggle, and it's a story told extremely well.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Martin Scorseses dream project finally explodes on the screen after years of planning and another year of delays.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

It's never less than compelling, driven by an overwhelming, larger than life performance from Day-Lewis and by Scorsese's grandiose historical imagination.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004

Day-Lewis's sneering, roaring, monstrous performance as the Butcher will remind you of the seemingly superhuman work Robert DeNiro performed in his prime.

| Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004

It is unrelentingly gritty and tense.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004

Daniel Day-Lewis' magnetic portrayal of a 19th-century ganglord who butchered his enemies as readily as he carved up a freshly killed hog.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 19, 2004

Gangs is Scorsese's impassioned, elegiac portrait of a time when blows were delivered with fists, bats, and blades rather than airplanes, anthrax, or keyboard strokes; it's his look back at a lost world, his urban western.

Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004

It will be a film that, in decades hence, will only grow in stature and importance.

Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004

Gangs of New York is a very good film striving desperately to be great.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Colley
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003

Martin Scorsese has landed back onto UK cinema screens with a resoundingly hollow thump.

David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003

Martin Scorcese delivers an enormous blowout of a film, a biopic of New York in the 1800s... but it's too much bombast and far too loose.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
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