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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato.
| Original Score: 2/4
There's an irresistible, Cleveland-esque, underdog quality about this whole production.
Stevenson is a good actor, but Kill the Irishman is standard mob fare, neither exciting enough nor interesting enough to matter.
| Original Score: C
At the same time overemphatic and insecure.
It's full of familiar old faces, a wee bit of color -- and, occasionally, a literally explosive charge of drama.
As a kind of St. Patrick's Day hangover, "Kill the Irishman'' gets the job done.
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.
An extravagantly corny ode to the collapse of the Cleveland mafia in the 1970s.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
In the lead role, the snarling Ray Stevenson suffers from a charisma deficit.
Clichéd shards of mob movies that add up to the usual "Goodfellas" knockoff.
| Original Score: 2/5
Though director Jonathan Hensleigh perks up when filming violence, the atmosphere throughout is past-prime, stymieing any strut.
Yes, we've seen all this stuff before, but we've never seen this version of this stuff before.
| Original Score: 3/5
The structure of the storytelling in Kill the Irishman is pretty square, but the cast is tasty...
| Original Score: B
Flavorless writing and direction and a low-wattage cast turn potentially strong material into a routine crime thriller.
This mob-war romance could still find an audience in niche release, given its action-oriented underdog story and Ray Stevenson's oddly charismatic lead performance.