Mobsters Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 25, 2014
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.
John Marriott
Radio Times
July 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joanna Berry
Empire Magazine
July 25, 2014
Although things like character development are sometimes lost in the crossfire, the lead actors have enough charm to sustain the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 20, 2014
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.
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
May 21, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2013
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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2013
Slater and Dempsey bring to the film whatever shallow depth Mobsters occasionally exhibits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 21, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 21, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
May 21, 2013
A hollow concept gussied up with a few big names, a pretty set and some fancy clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2013
Despite competent production, despite-or perhaps because of-a high and inventively mutilated body count, the film is ultimately boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 26, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 31, 2011
One of the most fogettable theatrical releases of 1991.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 31, 2011
High concept, sleek stylishness, low content.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
The seemingly can't-miss premise of teen-heartthrob gangsters gets lost in self-important direction, a shoddy script and muddled storytelling.
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Steve Grant
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A noisy, silly, rather immature film.

Film4
May 24, 2003
It's just silly, sick and shallow.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
For all its machine-gun hits, Mobsters seems to have run out of energy soon after casting.
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 18, 2003
Cool guys mob flick
| Original Score: 2/5
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