Kill the Irishman Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013

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

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 25, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Dancis
Sacramento Bee
June 13, 2011

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

Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 12, 2011

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 | Original Score: B-
D.K. Holm
Vancouver Voice
April 25, 2011

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

Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 11, 2011

A minor mob-cinema classic.

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 7, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
April 7, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
April 7, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
March 24, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 24, 2011

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 | Original Score: B-
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 24, 2011

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 | Original Score: B
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
March 21, 2011

The film is proof that a good story and a great cast can overcome a lot of obstacles.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 21, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope we get to see more quality mob movies sooner rather than later.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Top Critic
March 18, 2011

There's an irresistible, Cleveland-esque, underdog quality about this whole production.

Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
March 18, 2011

It has higher production value and technique than the made for TV versions of these type of stories.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
March 17, 2011

It's full of familiar old faces, a wee bit of color -- and, occasionally, a literally explosive charge of drama.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
Top Critic
March 17, 2011

As a kind of St. Patrick's Day hangover, "Kill the Irishman'' gets the job done.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 17, 2011

The film's greatest strength is its cast.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Scott Collura
IGN Movies
March 17, 2011

A mishmash of familiar mafia tale beats and rise to power/fall from glory tropes, the film is nonetheless buoyed by a strong cast -- particularly its star, Ray Stevenson, who plays the flagrantly coifed mad bomber Greene.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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