Ash Wednesday (2002)



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Hell's Kitchen on Ash Wednesday, 1983. Rumors are flying that Francis Sullivan's younger brother Sean, dead for three years, has reappeared. If he wasn't killed by rivals, then old scores still need settling, putting Fran and Sean in danger.
R (for pervasive language and some violence)
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IFC Films


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Critic Reviews for Ash Wednesday

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

With more swagger than Saint Pat on Snake Day, Edward Burns struts around 1983 Hell's Kitchen in search of a Sopranos audition.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Village Voice
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Full Review… | October 18, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 19, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An ambitious, guilt-suffused melodrama crippled by poor casting.

October 11, 2002
New York Post
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This time Mr. Burns is trying something in the Martin Scorsese street-realist mode, but his self-regarding sentimentality trips him up again.

October 10, 2002
New York Times
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For all its brooding quality, Ash Wednesday is suspenseful and ultimately unpredictable, with a sterling ensemble cast.

Full Review… | October 10, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Ash Wednesday

I just liked the "street realism" - it felt as if it probably happens like that now and then. Plus I felt the acting was right on by the cast. Having grown up in a city going through urban decay it seemed "un-hollywood" and with the "indie" look to it.

Andrew Protas
Andrew Protas

Don't let the synopsis fool you- this movie is not nearly as good as it sounds. The only thing that kept me watching it at all was the presence of Oliver Platt. Though the plot is a decent idea, it doesn't play out well in a movie that takes way too long to get off the ground and never seems to go too far once it does.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

Edward Burns and Elijah Wood star as brothers growing up as part of irish gangs in hells kitchen after one of them kills a group of men who were gonna kill his brother he vanishes from his neighborhood figured for dead he turns up years later and no one has forgotten what he has done so now its a race for the two bothers to keep each other safe and too get out of town before they both end up dead. that sums of this plot of really well done drama that should be seen by anyone that enjoys a good crime drama type film

ken j
ken j

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