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Gangs of New York Reviews

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January 4, 2019
One of the most provocative films from Hollywood in recent times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2018
Gangs of New York is one of those haunting failures. I can't get over it; it still gives me a pang every time I think of it. It seemed so filled with potential.
April 10, 2018
It's a punishing piece of work, this Gangs of New York. Spectacular, brilliant, but punishing-basically, one long brawl...
January 2, 2018
The visuals are strong, while the central narrative is weak (a disastrous combination for a long movie). Worst of all, Gangs of New York achieves far too little while trying much too hard.
March 2, 2012
Scorsese scores some fine political points along the way and demonstrates the mastery of his craft in every scene, but the underlying theme of brutal revenge at any cost loses its way too early on...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 24, 2010
Brilliant but devastating. High schoolers and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 23, 2010
One of Scorsese's weakest films, a wannabe historical epic that's essentially a formulaic revenge saga; the only reason to see it is Daniel Day-Lewis' compelling performance as Bill the Butcher.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 3, 2010
[A] flawed masterpiece.
February 18, 2009
The whole may not add up to the sum of its parts, but it's difficult to dismiss the brilliance of those parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
It's a story of such relevance to New York, to America and even to the rest of the world, that just had to be told on film with as much impact as a filmmaker can muster. And Martin Scorsese musters much.
June 30, 2008
The impact is all in the broad strokes of Scorsese's design: the corresponding coming-of-age stories of three confused and violent adolescents: Amsterdam Vallon, New York City, and America. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 13, 2008
Why did Scorsese spend three decades thirsting to make this movie? It's nowhere clear on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 14, 2007
Gangs becomes a standard revenge opus. And a long one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 29, 2006
It's a story of violence, revenge, racial intolerance and class struggle, and it's a story told extremely well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 26, 2006
Martin Scorseses dream project finally explodes on the screen after years of planning and another year of delays.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
It's never less than compelling, driven by an overwhelming, larger than life performance from Day-Lewis and by Scorsese's grandiose historical imagination.
December 6, 2004
Day-Lewis's sneering, roaring, monstrous performance as the Butcher will remind you of the seemingly superhuman work Robert DeNiro performed in his prime.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 14, 2004
It is unrelentingly gritty and tense.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A+
June 23, 2004
Daniel Day-Lewis' magnetic portrayal of a 19th-century ganglord who butchered his enemies as readily as he carved up a freshly killed hog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 19, 2004
Gangs is Scorsese's impassioned, elegiac portrait of a time when blows were delivered with fists, bats, and blades rather than airplanes, anthrax, or keyboard strokes; it's his look back at a lost world, his urban western.
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