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Kill the Irishman Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

KILL THE IRISHMAN should be appreciated as an important look at the way Greene affected the mob and crimes back in the late 70s.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale

August 28, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A synthesis of stuff we've seen in every gangster movie since the '70s

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 12, 2013
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Hensleigh wields the techniques with a sure hand and uses them to construct a compelling, engaging narrative, but at the same time seasoned viewers will constantly feel a nagging sense of familiarity.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2011
Bruce Dancis
Sacramento Bee

It's a small-scale film, but it packs a solid punch.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

June 13, 2011
Brian Orndorf

A certain clenched-fist tonality to the picture that helps it wade through routine, and it's nice to see the city of Cleveland used for change when detailing the horrors and intimidation of mob rule, giving NYC the day off.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

June 12, 2011
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal

It's not just that the movie appears to find Greene far more charming than he was in Porrello's book. It's that Kill the Irishman never brings either freshness or energy to its tale. In the end, even the many explosions seem tired.

Full Review Source: Akron Beacon Journal | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2011
D.K. Holm
Vancouver Voice

It's great summer night slumming cinema, with an integral moral complexity that doesn't intrude but guides the action.

Full Review Source: Vancouver Voice

April 25, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Certainly the filmmakers rounded up the right cast of tough-guy actors for this story of mob activity, but their presence doesn't lend much vigor to this unfocused and sentimental tale.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2011
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

A minor mob-cinema classic.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

April 11, 2011
Sarah Boslaugh

...suffers from the twin deficits of a charm-free leading man and a screenplay that seems composed of dialogue and scenes written and then discarded by writers working on better films.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 5/10

April 8, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hey, "Kill the Irishman." "The Sopranos" called. It wants its actors back. Along with everything else you borrowed.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Rushed and simplistic, with little sense of its characters as people or the flavor of their time and place.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2011
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

[Stevenson is] crazily charismatic here, a blend of brash cockiness and sensitivity, and he makes a satisfying film even better.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Hensleigh romanticizes Greene and doesn't have a very nuanced understanding of labor racketeering. That said, he does possess a fine eye for shabby urban landscapes and a nice way with explosions.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The cast makes up for some occasionally spotty storytelling and telegraphing of events that keep "Irishman" from being as good as it could have been.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 7, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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What makes this film special and memorable is the character of Danny Green, who is not the usual neighborhood hoodlum you see in movies, the kind who gets in deep and gradually loses his soul.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Will hardly replace the classic gangster flicks, but it's a pretty good little account of an episode in American mob history that had surprisingly wide-ranging ramifications.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

March 24, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

March 24, 2011
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

In an era when even low-budget movies have slick digital presentation, the infectiously crude "Kill the Irishman" is a tonic of knocked-out teeth.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: B

March 24, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The problem is that writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh doesn't do much beyond filling in the template; he's telling the specific, true-life tale of mob decline in 1970s Cleveland, but every character and setpiece feels like it fell off a truck.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

March 24, 2011
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