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Mobsters (1991)

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6

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 30

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

8

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 12

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

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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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. ~ John Bush, Rovi

Sep 30, 2003

MCA Universal Home Video

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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.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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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.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Slater and Dempsey bring to the film whatever shallow depth Mobsters occasionally exhibits.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A hollow concept gussied up with a few big names, a pretty set and some fancy clothes.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Despite competent production, despite-or perhaps because of-a high and inventively mutilated body count, the film is ultimately boring.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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To say that production designer Richard Sylbert, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and cinematographer Lajos Koltai give the settings a handsome, authentic look is like saying that the Titanic had nice chandeliers.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

It is extraordinary that, with gangster-era America providing such a natural source of drama, director Michael Karbelnikoff should turn gritty reality into such an empty tale.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Although things like character development are sometimes lost in the crossfire, the lead actors have enough charm to sustain the film.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Mobsters is a bloody little fairy tale that makes good guys out of Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. According to the film, a largely plodding affair, they were just four kids who liked to kill people once in a while.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The virtue of GoodFellas was that it took the glamor out of mob sagas, and it's going to take a picture a lot better than Mobsters to put it back in.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

In an attempt to find the origins of infamous gangsters Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello and Benny "Bugsy" Siegel, Karbelnikoff has rendered lame caricatures instead of meaty characters.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It feels like a history lesson from a particularly inept substitute teacher, hitting only a few highlights before it returns to a flat read of gangster specifics.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

One of the most fogettable theatrical releases of 1991.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's just silly, sick and shallow.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Cool guys mob flick

February 18, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

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.
July 24, 2011
ythelastman89

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Huge piece of shit. I was wondering when the two Coreys were going to show up.
June 29, 2008
tsigur

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.
July 14, 2007
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A silly and dull Goodfellas wannabe.
November 20, 2013
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