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Kill the Irishman Reviews

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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
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
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
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

March 5, 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
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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In the lead role, the snarling Ray Stevenson suffers from a charisma deficit.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 11, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
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Though director Jonathan Hensleigh perks up when filming violence, the atmosphere throughout is past-prime, stymieing any strut.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 10, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Stevenson is a good actor, but Kill the Irishman is standard mob fare, neither exciting enough nor interesting enough to matter.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

March 18, 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
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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An extravagantly corny ode to the collapse of the Cleveland mafia in the 1970s.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 11, 2011
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Clichéd shards of mob movies that add up to the usual "Goodfellas" knockoff.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 10, 2011
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Flavorless writing and direction and a low-wattage cast turn potentially strong material into a routine crime thriller.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 8, 2011
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

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 Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 1/5

March 18, 2011
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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At the same time overemphatic and insecure.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 18, 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
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
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
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

The film's greatest strength is its cast.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B

March 17, 2011
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