The Boondock Saints

1999

The Boondock Saints

Critics Consensus

A juvenile, ugly movie that represents the worst tendencies of directors channeling Tarantino.

22%

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Total Count: 27

91%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 335,336
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Movie Info

Feeling that they are doing God's will, two Catholic men from Boston set out to kill everyone in this Reservoir Dogs-style vigilante thriller. Brothers Conner and Murphy MacManus (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) take to performing their divine duty against the Russian mob. They massacre a bunch of unsuspecting Mafioso in a scene of absurd violence, then they let more blood in a mass killing of porn-shop customers. Instead of getting thrown in jail, they are dubbed "saints" by the Boston Herald, and they are praised by brilliant, tortured, and gay FBI agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe). ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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Cast

Willem Dafoe
as Paul Smecker
Sean Patrick Flanery
as Conner MacManus
Norman Reedus
as Murphy MacManus
David Ferry
as Detective Dolly
Brian Mahoney
as Detective Duffy
Bob Marley
as Detective Greenly
William Young
as Monsignor
Robert Pemberton
as Mackle Penny
Bill Craig
as McGerldn
Dot-Marie Jones
as Rosengurtle
Scott Griffith
as Ivan Checkov
James Binkley
as Officer Newman
Matthew Chaffee
as Officer Chaffey
Robert Vernon Eaton
as Officer Langley
Kym Kristalie
as Beat-up Woman
Peter Windrem
as Reporter No. 1
Elizabeth Brown
as Reporter No. 2
Johnathan Higgins
as Officer Mitchell
Lizz Alexander
as Virginal Woman
Derek Murchie
as Media Man No. 1
Robert B. Kennedy
as Media Man No. 2
Carlo Rota
as Yakavetta
Ron Jeremy
as Vincenzo Lipazzi
Tom Barnett
as Irish Gun Dealer
Victor Pedtchenk
as The Fat Man
Jimmy Tingle
as The Priest
Morris Santia
as Drug Dealer
Roberta Angelica
as Forensic Woman No. 1
Markus Parilo
as Sick Mob Man
Gary Nicholson
as Correctional Officer
Ryan Parks
as Langley
Pat Riccio
as Mafia Man
Chris Brinker
as Mafiosa No. 1
Don Carmody
as Mafiosa No. 2
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Critic Reviews for The Boondock Saints

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (21)

  • Satire or self-parody would be vastly preferable to the film's unironic endorsement of outlaw justice, but you'd be hard pressed to find anything resembling irony or subversiveness in this exercise in lovingly rendered ultra-violence.

    Jul 26, 2011 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • More interested in finding fresh ways to stage execution scenes than in finding meaning behind the human urge for self-appointed righting of wrongs, pic is stuffed with effects that have no lasting impact.

    May 9, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The Boondock Saints has ended up a cheap looking B-movie that's pretentious, derivative, and sorely lacking a sense of fun.

    Apr 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Duffy created an unapologetically bloody, brutal and bizarre action film

    Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Willem Dafoe's portrayal of the conflicted homosexual FBI agent is overacted to such an extent that it is hilarious, amazing and entertaining. His is an unforgettable character.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Duffy's models are clearly snarky, ultraviolent Tarantino-esque crime pictures, but this movie's cleverness is never quite on a par with its bloodlust.

    Jul 26, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boondock Saints

  • Jun 20, 2016
    A pair of Irish twins perform vigilante justice in Boston and are tracked by an FBI agent. This movie is pretty amazing. The script and dialogue are great and the action is incredible. Just the right amount of humor to compliment everything as well.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2016
    An overrated cult film
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2013
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  • Aug 07, 2013
    Boondock Saints opens with a cheesy montage about two Irish brothers, there aggressive work environment, and it almost seems putting feel good down your throat. I thought I was coming into a train wreck. Another thing I immediately noticed is the exaggeration and then drops of accents. This was especially done by the twins. I do enjoy Dafoe as usual, and I never would make such a great gay (and a drag). The film makes a statement on media, when the crowd frantically leaves the courtroom the reporters are up and running. You can often in school shorting cases, exploitation galore. I love the end interview with the credits, it shows two sides to interpretation of story, I'm on the innocent until proven guilty side.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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