Gangs of New York Reviews

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David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
Martin Scorcese delivers an enormous blowout of a film, a biopic of New York in the 1800s... but it's too much bombast and far too loose.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 5, 2002
Whether or not a longer version would have given the film more texture and dimension, this one presents a blinkered vision of American history.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 19, 2002
The 1860s New York sets in Gangs of New York are amazing. Too bad the dull characters keep blocking our view of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
December 16, 2002
The story drags on and the drama only comes to life when the astonishing Day-Lewis is on screen.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 20, 2002
It's as if [Scorsese] preferred to concentrate on the production ... rather than on the dramatic issues and, oh yeah, taking up the rear, the human beings who live them.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 9, 2003
...a big, baggy, sprawling carnival of a movie, stretching out before us with little rhyme or reason.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 2, 2003
Apart from the scenes of brawling and violence, Scorsese's energy flags; he and his writers neglect to populate these muddy mean streets with vivid characters; nor is there a compelling story, and the dialogue is portentous and magniloquent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003
n the end, you're left feeling that Scorsese has put on a great show. As to what he means by it, I doubt he knows.
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 26, 2002
Gangs of New York is an unapologetic mess, whose only saving grace is that it ends by blowing just about everything up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Gangs becomes a standard revenge opus. And a long one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
One decision Gangs of New York can never quite make is whether its primary disposition is toward punctilious social history or operatic amplifications of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 3, 2003
Scorsese doesn't give us a character worth giving a damn about.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 8, 2002
Scorsese's long-delayed epic finally arrives on-screen... and it was worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 7, 2003
Martin Scorsese cria um espetáculo visual que não possui alma - um filme esteticamente belo, mas emocionalmente frio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 17, 2002
A lavish folly that suffers from an odd downscale effect.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 19, 2002
A misfire of monstrous proportions, the worst large-scale epic since Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 19, 2002
An elaborately worked-over opus that's as tarted-up and artificial as Scorsese's '70s classic Mean Streets was gritty and real.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 20, 2002
fatally overlong, filled with haphazard history lessons and half-drawn conclusions, never jelling into a cohesive film or possessing the energy to move its great bulk forward.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 20, 2002
Gangs, for all its bloodletting, is the aberrant case of a movie that needed more violence to make its moral point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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