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State of Grace Reviews

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June 20, 2016
Undercover cop must take down a dangerous Hells Kitchen street gang led by Ed Harris.
May 30, 2016
Only the fact that Oldman delivers one of his best performances should make this crime drama a must-see. But 'State of Grace' has so much more to offer. First off, the chemistry between Oldman and Penn is just amazing. Harris and Wright are on top of their game as well. The movie is shot beautifully and the New York setting and score by Ennio Morricone gives it a unique feel to it. The unoriginal story is the only negative really. I wish more people knew about this movie.
February 29, 2016
Just a good old must see crime film set in context of the Irish in Hell's Kitchen.
February 20, 2016
State Of Grace is not only a good movie with a good cast but is also a slick New York gangster movie that puts Cops and Criminals in the same situation. I would like to say the performance by Gary Oldman is praised.
July 14, 2015
The best film of its kind (Goodfellas, Run All Night, Thief) "State of Grace" is an extremely rare example of integrity and heartfelt criminals who aren't proud of what they have to do, an just that very fact that they question or regret their actions makes this a horse of a different color. I absolutely love this film.
½ June 19, 2015
It features good acting (Oldman is amazing as always) and a great final scene. Deserves much more attention.
April 15, 2015
Good Irish mob movie with a suspenseful attitude and decent acting.
½ September 28, 2014
Very good till it runs out of steam at the end.Oldman's bent madman steals the show and no surprise after his demise the movie peters out.
½ September 14, 2014
Depois de tantos filmes focados na máfia italiana, é com bastante agrado que se vê um "State of Grace" que mostra o lado irlandês do crime em Nova Iorque, embora os italianos estejam também muito presentes nesta saga com características claramente Scorsesianas. Paixão, traição e tiroteios, nas ruas de Nova Iorque, costuma ser o suficiente para que um filme valha a pena e este "State of Grace" é realmente enaltecido pela grandeza da cidade que é a mostarda no cachorro destas sagas criminosas. Isto porque, de resto, o filme de Phil Joanou é demasiado exagerado e desorientado na sua duração para ser o "Goodfellas" irlandês. Serve ainda assim para provar que Sean Penn é um dos grandes actores trágicos do seu tempo.
½ June 29, 2014
its no donnie brasco and the ending is a bit of a cop out speaking of cops it would have been nice seeing there view/input in this. instead we have an undercover rogue going after his old neighborhood/friends that dont know hes a cop, pretty much just making things worse. some cast but didnt even realize that was gary oldman
May 11, 2014
Good Irish mob movie with a suspenseful attitude and decent acting.
April 20, 2014
This is a film I've always had a soft spot for. It's a fairly standard mob story about Sean Penn returning to his old Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, finding his greasy haired childhood friend, Gary Oldman, the #2 man in the Irish mob and his older brother, Ed Harris, now the mob boss of the Kitchen. Harris is looking to move up in the world and is starting to align himself with the Italian mob, though Oldman is a wild card who could mess things up. There's also Harris and Oldman's younger sister, Robin Wright, who's doing everything she can to leave the Kitchen and the criminal life behind, but then becomes involved with Penn. Director Phil Joanou is a director I've loved ever since "Three O'Clock High" and regularly made smart and visually arresting films, this one fitting that bill as well. Jordan Cronenweth provided some amazing photography and paints the Hell's Kitchen setting with rich vivid colors. Ennio Morricone did the score (one of his last big American films) and the film was the sole effort by playwright Dennis McINtyre, who died shortly after completing the screenplay. I've read that David Rabe did some rewrites on the screenplay, which may account for some of the more more overwritten speechifying moments in the film that take you out of the gritty dialogue that makes up the rest of the film. There also a good supporting cast that includes John Turturro, Burgess Meredith (in a great one scene performance), R.D. Call (as Harris' very scary henchman), Joe Viterelli as the Italian mob boss and John C. Reilly loser friend of Oldman and Penn's. Reilly was very memorable in "Casualties of War" but it was this film that really made me think this guy can really act and made me remember the guy. Watching this film almost 25 years later, it still holds up and it really makes me want to see a new phone from director Phil Joanou. It's not a perfect film, but it's got great atmosphere, some terrific performances (especially by Oldman and Harris), a great Morricone score, and is a visually sticking film. This is a must see for fans of mob films for fans of Gary Oldman.
April 14, 2014
very underrated gangster film!
March 11, 2014
Oldman? Penn? hellish-well played on this movie.
½ December 31, 2013
Oldman , Penn, Harris in a bit of an overlong gangster film, but it does have itsoutstanding performances, especially oldman. Excelente actuacion aunque es un poco largo, el papel de Oldman es especialmente bueno
½ December 30, 2013
Plot-wise the movie is predictable as hell!
December 18, 2013
St. Patricks day massacre--Tension building mob movie that keeps you watching!!
September 29, 2013
Sadly forgotten, over-looked and under appreciated film capturing the transition of NYC's "Hell Kitchen" to gentrification and the clash between organized crime. This is a powerful film featuring an unforgettable performance by Gary Oldman.
September 21, 2013
The movie is enjoyable, it presents a quietly but flowing rhythm, the atmosphere is attractive However it has not the charm or brilliance of the best movies of the same genre, because here the protagonist, an undercover cop, doesn't have an internal conflict between good and evil, it seems rather taken only by its relationship with the characters belonging to the criminal environment. The dialogues and the psychology of the characters are childish for most of the movie and the plot quite obvious. Nice to watch but nothing more.
LB
September 19, 2013
The movie is enjoyable, it presents a quietly but flowing rhythm, the atmosphere is attractive However it has not the charm or brilliance of the best movies of the same genre, because here the protagonist, an undercover cop, doesn't have an internal conflict between good and evil, it seems rather taken only by its relationship with the characters belonging to the criminal environment. The dialogues and the psychology of the characters are childish for most of the movie and the plot quite obvious. Nice to watch but nothing more.
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