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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.
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-
April 25, 2011
It's great summer night slumming cinema, with an integral moral complexity that doesn't intrude but guides the action.
April 11, 2011
A minor mob-cinema classic.
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
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 21, 2011
The film is proof that a good story and a great cast can overcome a lot of obstacles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 21, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope we get to see more quality mob movies sooner rather than later.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 18, 2011
There's an irresistible, Cleveland-esque, underdog quality about this whole production.
March 18, 2011
It has higher production value and technique than the made for TV versions of these type of stories.
March 17, 2011
It's full of familiar old faces, a wee bit of color -- and, occasionally, a literally explosive charge of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2011
As a kind of St. Patrick's Day hangover, "Kill the Irishman'' gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2011
The film's greatest strength is its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 17, 2011
A mishmash of familiar mafia tale beats and rise to power/fall from glory tropes, the film is nonetheless buoyed by a strong cast -- particularly its star, Ray Stevenson, who plays the flagrantly coifed mad bomber Greene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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