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August 28, 2013
KILL THE IRISHMAN should be appreciated as an important look at the way Greene affected the mob and crimes back in the late 70s.
January 12, 2013
A synthesis of stuff we've seen in every gangster movie since the '70s
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 25, 2011
Hensleigh wields the techniques with a sure hand and uses them to construct a compelling, engaging narrative, but at the same time seasoned viewers will constantly feel a nagging sense of familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 13, 2011
It's a small-scale film, but it packs a solid punch.
June 12, 2011
A certain clenched-fist tonality to the picture that helps it wade through routine, and it's nice to see the city of Cleveland used for change when detailing the horrors and intimidation of mob rule, giving NYC the day off.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 5, 2011
It's not just that the movie appears to find Greene far more charming than he was in Porrello's book. It's that Kill the Irishman never brings either freshness or energy to its tale. In the end, even the many explosions seem tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2011
It's great summer night slumming cinema, with an integral moral complexity that doesn't intrude but guides the action.
April 15, 2011
Certainly the filmmakers rounded up the right cast of tough-guy actors for this story of mob activity, but their presence doesn't lend much vigor to this unfocused and sentimental tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 11, 2011
A minor mob-cinema classic.
April 8, 2011
...suffers from the twin deficits of a charm-free leading man and a screenplay that seems composed of dialogue and scenes written and then discarded by writers working on better films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 8, 2011
Hey, "Kill the Irishman." "The Sopranos" called. It wants its actors back. Along with everything else you borrowed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2011
Rushed and simplistic, with little sense of its characters as people or the flavor of their time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 7, 2011
[Stevenson is] crazily charismatic here, a blend of brash cockiness and sensitivity, and he makes a satisfying film even better.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2011
Hensleigh romanticizes Greene and doesn't have a very nuanced understanding of labor racketeering. That said, he does possess a fine eye for shabby urban landscapes and a nice way with explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2011
The cast makes up for some occasionally spotty storytelling and telegraphing of events that keep "Irishman" from being as good as it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 24, 2011
What makes this film special and memorable is the character of Danny Green, who is not the usual neighborhood hoodlum you see in movies, the kind who gets in deep and gradually loses his soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2011
Will hardly replace the classic gangster flicks, but it's a pretty good little account of an episode in American mob history that had surprisingly wide-ranging ramifications.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 24, 2011
Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2011
In an era when even low-budget movies have slick digital presentation, the infectiously crude "Kill the Irishman" is a tonic of knocked-out teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 24, 2011
The problem is that writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh doesn't do much beyond filling in the template; he's telling the specific, true-life tale of mob decline in 1970s Cleveland, but every character and setpiece feels like it fell off a truck.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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