Kill the Irishman Reviews

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Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
May 5, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 7, 2011
Rushed and simplistic, with little sense of its characters as people or the flavor of their time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 12, 2013
A synthesis of stuff we've seen in every gangster movie since the '70s
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 8, 2011
Hey, "Kill the Irishman." "The Sopranos" called. It wants its actors back. Along with everything else you borrowed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 5, 2011
A mind-numbingly familiar saga of thuggish tough guys, dapper mafioso, and urban warfare that, despite a based-on-real-life pedigree, proves indistinguishable from its imitative brethren.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
April 8, 2011
...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 | Original Score: 5/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 11, 2011
In the lead role, the snarling Ray Stevenson suffers from a charisma deficit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
March 10, 2011
Though director Jonathan Hensleigh perks up when filming violence, the atmosphere throughout is past-prime, stymieing any strut.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 18, 2011
Stevenson is a good actor, but Kill the Irishman is standard mob fare, neither exciting enough nor interesting enough to matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 24, 2011
Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 17, 2011
The setting lacks the gritty feel of the mean streets of New York, Jersey or even Boston mob movies. It is, after all, Cleveland. The story, which gets bogged down in detail, often feels predictable and lacks spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 11, 2011
An extravagantly corny ode to the collapse of the Cleveland mafia in the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2011
Clichéd shards of mob movies that add up to the usual "Goodfellas" knockoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
March 8, 2011
Flavorless writing and direction and a low-wattage cast turn potentially strong material into a routine crime thriller.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
March 18, 2011
A movie that includes Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio and Christopher Walken shouldn't be dull, but somehow Kill The Irishman manages it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2011
At the same time overemphatic and insecure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 24, 2011
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 | Original Score: C
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 17, 2011
The film's greatest strength is its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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