Mobsters (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mobsters (1991)



Critic Consensus: Despite an abundance of style and some big names, Mobsters can't escape its empty plotting, numbing violence, and Gangster Movie 101 concepts.

Movie Info

In this fictionalized account based on true figures, a foursome of young thugs decides to team up and take control of New York's east side from the aging bosses who control it. Bugsy Siegel (Richard Grieco) and Frank Costello (Costas Mandylor) control the physical elements of the operation, while Lucky Luciano (Christian Slater) and Meyer Lansky (Patrick Dempsey) bring up the business end.more
Rating: R (nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas Kazan, Michael Mahern
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
MCA Universal Home Video


Christian Slater
as Lucky Luciano
Patrick Dempsey
as Meyer Lansky
Richard Grieco
as Bugsy Siegel
Costas Mandylor
as Frank Costello
F Murray Abraham
as Arnold Rothstein
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Mary Motes
Michael Gambon
as Don Faranzano
Chris Penn
as Tommy Reina
Christopher Penn
as Tommy Reina
Anthony Quinn
as Don Masseria
Nicholas Sadler
as Mad Dog Coll
Bill Bastiani
as Short Stick
Jeremy Schoenberg
as Crapshooter
Miles Perlich
as Crapshooter
Anto Nolan
as Irish Cop
Andy Romano
as Antonio Luciano
Bianca Rossini
as Rosalie Luciano
Steve Restivo
as Little Brother
Caroline Gillette
as Little Sister
Traci Swensen
as Joey's Mother
Sean Blackman
as Another Italian
Bryan Law
as Irish Thug
Trish Steele
as Costello's Mother
Leonard Termo
as Joe Palermo
Russell Curry
as Black Gangster
Carmen Twillie
as Blues Singer
Don Brockett
as Irish Politician
Frank Collison
as Sonny Catania
Leslie Bega
as Anna Lansky
Seymour Cassel
as Father Bonotto
Anya Longwell
as Showgirl
Karen Russell
as Showgirl
Jennifer Gatti
as Secretary
Joe Viterelli
as Joe Profaci
Lynette Walden
as Cute Debutante
James Michael
as Tony No Nose
Steven Picerni
as Luciano's Driver
Jim Wilkey
as Coll's Driver
Ron Marquette
as Maitre d'
Steve Picerni
as Luciano's Driver
Russ Fega
as Nathan Citron
Anna Berger
as Mrs. Greene
Jan Solomita
as Wedding Guest
Ava Fabian
as Cute Girl
Stan Berry
as Card Player
William Bastiani
as Short Stick
John Chappoulis
as Joe Bonnano
Titus Welliver
as Al Capone
Richard Garneau
as Room Service Waiter
Willie Garson
as Telephone Operator
Nick Dimitri
as Bodyguard
Lada Boder
as Dancer
Lada Buder
as Dancer
Charlie Picerni
as Bodyguard
Anna Villa
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Mobsters

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

It's an excuse for the latest crop of media-spawned personalities -- the male equivalent of starlets -- to invade the heavy-duty genre of the gangster film. They don't come up to Cagney's spats.

Full Review… | May 20, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Mobsters looks like it was made by people who have seen too many gangster films for people who haven't seen any. There isn't a breath of life in the filmmaking.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Slater and Dempsey bring to the film whatever shallow depth Mobsters occasionally exhibits.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A potboiler in the quick-and-dirty tradition of the B movies of the '30s, it may not win any Oscars or garner rave reviews, but it's consistently entertaining, nevertheless.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A hollow concept gussied up with a few big names, a pretty set and some fancy clothes.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Despite competent production, despite-or perhaps because of-a high and inventively mutilated body count, the film is ultimately boring.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mobsters

Maybe I saw a different movie than most because I really like Mobsters. It's basically a Young Guns type movie with a gangster setting. I guess if you only take it straight forward and don't consider the context of when and why this was made it will make no sense. Christian Slater is at his prime here and does what he does best. I can't really tell you what that is, it's just a type of atmosphere he sets that I haven't quite been able to commit to words. While him and the rest of the cast do overly slimy Italian accents and the characters are almost cartoonish in nature, that's sort've the charm with these 90s period pieces. Then you've got an almost comical take on violence because it's so overdone and every death consists of twenty bullets plastering each victims face. This is not something like The Godfather or Goodfellas, it's basically just a slightly goofy yet fun movie that showcases young hollywood stars and pits them back in the bootlegging era. While some may certainly lose their mind over this idea and call it "hollywood trash", I certainly found a lot to like in this movie.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Huge piece of shit. I was wondering when the two Coreys were going to show up.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

One of the worst examples of Hollywood's glossy reinvention of historical events, this brat pack version of The Godfather is quite unpleasant in the way it presents violence and crime as glib fashion accessories. Worth watching only for Michael Gambon, Anthony Quinn and F. Murray Abraham who routinely act the young cast off the screen.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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