Cardboard Gangsters Reviews

March 28, 2018
It is sure to appeal to a large audience in Ireland and abroad and I look forward to what all involved will show us next.
March 25, 2018
It explores themes similar to the director's previous films, King Of The Travellers, Stalker, and Between The Canals, and, like them, persuasively evokes the lives of marginalised people.
March 23, 2018
The idiom an "eye for an eye" has never rang more true.
August 7, 2017
Mark O'Connor's film isn't subtle, but it's made with swagger and its antihero fits the bill as a certain kind of crime-drama archetype: overambitious, stupid and doomed, he nonetheless has a crude poignancy.
August 4, 2017
Mark O'Connor's film is a formulaic, but confidently handled gangster flick set in the rock-hard Darndale district of north Dublin.
August 4, 2017
It manages the trick of respecting the aspirations of those left behind by the Celtic Tiger economy while handing out a few tough lessons on the cost of responsibility.
August 4, 2017
Connors' compelling performance creates a degree of sympathy for Jason however the film seems a little too fond of his brutality and casual misogyny.
August 3, 2017
O'Connor puts the pedal to the metal with this picture and drives it like he stole it, as they say - with some exhilarating results.
August 3, 2017
O'Connor captures a potent disaffection of youth, and the ease with which this can slip into lawlessness.
July 30, 2017
The violence isn't played for laughs and Connors's performance is genuinely moving, though there's an irresistible sprinkling of salty, vulgar humour to lighten the otherwise bleak mood ...
July 27, 2017
The film is crackingly done, with a bleak humour when needed and a black savagery when not.
June 19, 2017
A film about drug dealers isn't to everyone's taste, but this is a well-made, gritty drama that doesn't glamorise anything or judge anyone, and all to a thumping soundtrack.
June 16, 2017
Salty, funny, and enlivened by some fantastic Dublin rap music, Cardboard Gangsters has a rare authenticity in terms of its subject matter and location.
June 16, 2017
O'Connor has - helped in no small measure by a towering turn from Connors - come as close to a Dublin Boyz n the Hood as we could have hoped. It's noisy, loud, violent and sad.
June 16, 2017
O'Connor thrusts the viewer into not just the action, but also its severe ramifications.
June 15, 2017
The simultaneous and skilful balancing between exploring and appreciating the community of Darndale helps Cardboard Gangsters remain remarkably on the level of its subject matter.
June 15, 2017
It feels completely authentic as the fog of doom descends on street corners and works its way under the doors of sitting rooms.