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August 15, 2017
Over-ripe. I don't want to be too tough on Martin Scorsese but he seems to have thrown everything he had at this film with the hope that it would dazzle. There are numerous tracking shots through very expensive sets (1860s New York City recreated at Cinecitta in Rome), there are brand name actors (Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz), there are well-known character actors (Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, even David Hemmings), there is music by Howard Shore (and U2 over the end credits), there is cinematography by Michael Ballhaus (who worked with Fassbinder, and there is the editing by Thelma Schoonmaker (as usual) and there is the astounding production design by Dante Ferretti. And yet, and yet, it is over-ripe and probably over-long. Sure, there is a lot of money being splashed about and it shows: the film looks gorgeous and the various stylistic flairs are commendable. However, there may just be too much of everything. The story that sees DiCaprio leaving the juvenile prison to revenge the death of his father (Neeson) at the hands of Bill the Butcher (Day Lewis), the crime lord of Five Points, feels flat. Perhaps it is Leonardo's delivery (in voice-over narration) or his too-earnest acting that deadens things? Cameron Diaz feels somehow miscast as a pickpocket love interest - has she been in a period film before? Of course, Day Lewis commands the screen and all of the supporting cast are great. So, it may just be the palpable effort being put into everything, the preponderance of slow-motion, rock'em-sock'em, battles to a grungy beat that feel rather cringe-worthy (and/or immediately dated), adding to the over-the-toppishness of it all, with Scorsese (and the Weinsteins) yearning to be appreciated for their impressiveness. In the end, it's a curio.
½ August 5, 2017
Great performances from entire cast especially Daniel Day Lewis and an overall entertaining film though a bit to long.
July 30, 2017
Martin Scorsese, faz um ótimo trabalho com a direção do filme, usa apenas efeitos práticos, muito bem feitos. O trabalho de câmera aqui e sua fotografia são boas, com closes nos personagens e takes detalhados naquilo que o diretor quer mostrar. O vilão do filme "The Butcher" interpretado pelo Day-Lewis faz um personagem fantástico, com motivações, e passa a sua "Essência de loucura" para o publico, o Amsterdam, (Dicaprio) manda muito bem com seu personagem em cenas de agonia e raiva, a Cameron (Everdeane) faz a garota desejada e perigosa, sem contar em sua beleza. O roteiro do filme sabe o que quer, e conta a historia muito bem, mas insiste nos mesmos erros dos filmes do Scorsese, que é o problema de continuidade, fica em um ritmo, que do nada para e muda para outro, você se perde dentro da trama. A trilha sonora é muito boa em geral, tem melodias e alguns instrumentais. Em Geral, esse filme do Scorsese que conta sobre as gangues que haviam em New York e suas reações sobre a abolição da escravidão pelo Lincoln. Com um ótimo elenco, e sua direção espetacular.
Nota: 8.7
July 29, 2017
1972's The Godfather Is My Fourth Favorite Film Of All Time And 1994's Pulp Fiction Is My Seventh Favorite Film Of All Time As Well.
July 15, 2017
Daniel Day-Lewis' performance in 'Gangs of New York' outshines everything else that's great about the movie, including Jay Cocks' well-researched script and Martin Scorsese's superb direction.

Interestingly enough, when viewing the film after all these years, Leonardo DiCaprio's performance isn't quite as good as one might remember and Cameron Diaz's performance isn't quite as bad.

Nonetheless, the movie is a spectacle from the first scene to the last, and despite a slightly bloated run-time, it offers a robust portraiture of one of the most tumultuous periods in New York's fascinating history.
July 10, 2017
Violent, well acted, well directed, well made. Probably won't watch it again.
½ July 4, 2017
Was a great movie Lewis is exceptional In this
½ June 23, 2017
Occasionally funny, overproduced period drama that's alternately comic, campy, overdressed and unfocussed. Daniel Day Lewis' uncanny ability as a character actor is compelling (sort of) but wasted in this self-indulgent, very theatrical movie that feels like Scorsese is trying to turn into Steven Spielberg mixed combined with Baz Luhrmans overcooked set design. Violent, too.
½ June 1, 2017
god i laughed my ass of at this film
May 14, 2017
"Gangs of New York" opens with a stunning action sequence and also ends with one. It is a well acted period piece that sets the environment and characters pretty well. I just felt that most of the middle parts were pretty slow. I didn't think all of it was necessary and the movie ends up being pretty overlong. My favorite performance in the movie was Daniel Day-Lewis. His character has a truly terrifying presence on screen. I wish the movie wasn't as slow as it is in places. I truly feel there is a great movie trapped in here.
½ April 3, 2017
Quite possibly the most violent movie I've ever seen. Surreal. Dreary. Did make you wonder how much was true.
½ April 1, 2017
Though it has a messy narrative, Gangs Of New York is unique in it's production and Daniel Day-Lewis as the menacing Bill The Butcher
½ March 28, 2017
Scorsese's messy yet handsome period piece is a bit of a flawed masterpiece. The production values in recreating 19th century New York are nothing short of outstanding, and it may stand as the director's most ambitious project. Unfortunately, the story's pacing issues, and one poor choice in casting (Cameron Diaz) keep it from completely living up to it's aspirations.
½ March 24, 2017
The movie's opening scene is good but then it starts to drag on. The story isn't even all that great; Leonardo Di Caprio wants to kill the Butcher the whole damn movie but yet doesn't make a fucking move. Then in a scene where The Butcher stabs a guy's hand with a knife and the guy makes a horrendous sound as if he's farting or moaning like a fucking baby I don't fucking know. But this movie pissed me off worst movie I've seen by Martin Scorsese so far. This movie gets capitalized for the high hopes I had on it.
March 20, 2017
Scorsese gets to make the films 'he' wants to make, & that would be a good thing if they weren't so bloated & cheesy. Despite a gritty nature lingering over the general style of the film (which is resonant in most of Scorsese's work), everything else fails to make up for the fact that it is a very boring & pointless film
March 19, 2017
A well-made slugfest, Gangs of New York is a disappointing film from one of Hollywoods best directors.
½ March 14, 2017
Not sure how close this movie sticks to historically events, other than it doesn't really for most of it, but makes for a great and enjoyable watch about a time in history that isn't shown in film much. The film goes quite in depth with its long running time, and has great character development and story behind it all. The acting and story are the stars here, particularly by Daniel Day-Lewis as his role of the Butcher, who's although not the main character the film followed per say, he is the star of the show and gains the full attention of the audience with his ruthlessness and insanity. He steals every scene he's in, thanks to his acting and script, and in no small part to his costume. The slow moments were still very interesting and important, and the action scenes were intense and gory. The first battle between the 2 main gangs was pretty impressive to watch, although a different choice of music could have been a good idea, just wasn't fitting. And the last battle was also well done and violent, and when Amsterdam kills the Butcher it is a bloody and strong scene for sure, a good way to end the film. Overall very well done, strong acting and amazing characters is the star here, and the setting and topic is also otherwise unheard of and very cool to see.
½ February 28, 2017
Somewhat chaotic and messy in the beginning but overally powerful story backed by the strong performance by Daniel Day-Lewis and uncompromising Scorcese direction.
January 20, 2017
Just finished watching this film for the first time and I loved it. The setting and the costume designs are incredible. Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting is outstanding and terrifying. Leonardo Dicaprio and Cameron Diaz are both great as well. Another great Scorsese movie. A shame that it didn't win one Oscar out of the ten that it was nominated for.
½ January 19, 2017
Martin Scorsese's epic has quite a few selling points. Its production design and cinematography, a superb performance from Daniel Day-Lewis and it's a solid story of vengeance and loyalty. However, it's a little bit too long and Cameron Diaz's performance is... barely passable. The soundtrack's pretty awesome though.
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