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½ November 16, 2018
It may not be among Scorsese's best work, but thanks to some good writing and a great performance from Daniel Day-Lewis, "Gangs of New York" is still worth a viewing.
September 30, 2018
Despite its flaws, Gangs of New York still remains an intriguing piece of work from Scorsese, majorly helped by Day-Lewis' performance.
September 28, 2018
The only good thing here is the acting of Daniel Day Lewis this guy is awesome.
September 21, 2018
just rewatched it and have to raise the rating from 7.0. It has a few excessively plot-devicey bits, but it also has a lot of solid story telling plus socio-historic relevance. Not crazy about Cameron Diaz but DDL is always a trip. 8.0 out of 10
August 10, 2018
Easily one of the greatest films of all time, and Daniel Day Lewis's performance as Bill the Butcher might be one of the greatest performances ever.
July 2, 2018
Gangs of New York is a 2002 American epic period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese,.
This epic historical film pays close attention to detail but at nearly 3 hours is too long. There are too many themes, many of which are poorly explored, resulting in the film changing direction often and suddenly. I also felt that many of the scenes and sets felt more like I was watching a stage production than a movie.
½ July 1, 2018
overall an average movie but worth the watch just for daneil day lewis best performance as bill the butcher
½ June 11, 2018
This film is a modern gangster classic, it's a tale of revenge so sweet. Every actor and actress in this display is perfect. Besides fun audience viewing, this movie is an exploration into the culture of America. There are thoughtful themes contradicting sin with rightful justice. Layered above this is a reflection of America's roots, pitting anti-immigration pro-slavery immigrants upon people fresh off of the boat. Scorcese has plenty to say about how politicians have maintained power and all of it rings true today.
June 9, 2018
Day-Lewis and DiCaprio command this film that immerses you in its historical world but not its banal narrative.
May 26, 2018
Ever since Goodfellas, Scorsese has only made gangster movies with the exception Hugo and Shutter Island. And out of every gangster movie he's made, this is the worst, by a lot. Most of the acting is atrocious, I don't thin DiCaprio was ready, and were this to be remade today, I believe he would be much better. But the film wasn't made today and he's terrible. And I cannot even begin to comprehend the gaul it took Scorsese to cast CAMERON DIAZ, the woman isn't even good in 90 minute rom coms and you put her in an almost three hour film with Daniel Day-Lewis. Speaking of Day-Lewis, he's the only part of the film that makes it even remotely watchable as he gives an incredible and chilling performance. Past that, its a bland, anti-climatic film that meanders around for three hours while touching on every cliche theme in the book without saying anything remotely unique about a single one. I wasted 2 hours and 45 minutes of my life on this film, don't make the same mistake.
May 23, 2018
Gangs of New York is definitely sleek and executes its grandiose portrayal of 19th century NY with style. However, the lack of narrative focus over such a long film ultimately loses the viewer.
May 7, 2018
Very good, violent but compelling story of New York immigrants in 1846.
April 26, 2018
A hopeless mess of a movie with a total letdown of an ending. I would say Scorsese should stick to Italian gangsters but The Departed was about the Irish and it was terrific. Maybe the guy was having an off-year here.
½ April 19, 2018
too long, although day-lewis' performance is good and the setting is unique. the plot isn't the most complex and it's not as epic or smart as it could have been, but it's entertaining and one of the best dramas of the year. fascinating film overall.
April 7, 2018
Great film with accurate historical context.
April 4, 2018
Interesting and provocative. Totally worthwhile.
½ March 29, 2018
This film replaces the late 20th century Italian Mobsters typically found in Scorsese's work with 19th century gangs in New York's most impoverished area. The story was very interesting showing the political power these working-class thugs had with gratuitously violent battles typically only seen in war films. This of course is exhibited by the excellent performances of most of it's cast, especially Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher. With those two aspects in mind it's worth noting that the film does have a hard time developing it's characters and Cameron Diaz just taints this film with a hammy performance. Nonetheless, I absolutely loved it yet much like the film's ending, this film will probably wither away in the public's conscience as an unmemorable work of Scorsese's filmography which is a shame because this is among his finest as a director. Speaking of the ending, you have to be extremely heartless if it doesn't make you choke up at all.
March 12, 2018
Gangs of New York with Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day Lewis is a mind blowing tale of revenge and life in 1860's New York! A brutal and fierce movie from the legendary Martin Scorsese!
½ February 24, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
½ February 12, 2018
Another one of Martin Scorsese's weakest efforts. Maybe he did tried and it's just the script that pulled him down. "Gangs of New York" suffers from a cliché, formulaic plot that we have seen many times before. A boy sees the death of his father and now he seeks revenge on the man who killed him. It's a revenge story that doesn't offer anything new to the table. It's Shakespearean for sure, but it's miles away from being memorable. Also, too many themes jammed into one. The film can't make up its mind on what it's trying to be. Is it a film on how New York was made? Is it about the rise and fall of a gangster? Were the Irish really that cartoony back in the day? Did we really had to have that subplot about people being angry about the army lottery? Daniel Day Lewis shines as the frightening, Bill the Butcher and reminds us why he's one of the best actors of all time. Leo and Cameron are nothing more but canon fodder to him. Any scene that Daniel is in he always stole the show. A 3 hour movie that should have been shorter. Still, at least it was mildly entertaining, for those who enjoy gangster movies.
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