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Kill the Irishman Reviews

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
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
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
March 18, 2011
There's an irresistible, Cleveland-esque, underdog quality about this whole production.
March 18, 2011
Stevenson is a good actor, but Kill the Irishman is standard mob fare, neither exciting enough nor interesting enough to matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 18, 2011
At the same time overemphatic and insecure.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 setting lacks the gritty feel of the mean streets of New York, Jersey or even Boston mob movies. It is, after all, Cleveland. The story, which gets bogged down in detail, often feels predictable and lacks spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2011
An extravagantly corny ode to the collapse of the Cleveland mafia in the 1970s.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 11, 2011
In the lead role, the snarling Ray Stevenson suffers from a charisma deficit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2011
Clichéd shards of mob movies that add up to the usual "Goodfellas" knockoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 10, 2011
Though director Jonathan Hensleigh perks up when filming violence, the atmosphere throughout is past-prime, stymieing any strut.
March 10, 2011
Yes, we've seen all this stuff before, but we've never seen this version of this stuff before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 9, 2011
The structure of the storytelling in Kill the Irishman is pretty square, but the cast is tasty...
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 8, 2011
Flavorless writing and direction and a low-wattage cast turn potentially strong material into a routine crime thriller.
March 7, 2011
This mob-war romance could still find an audience in niche release, given its action-oriented underdog story and Ray Stevenson's oddly charismatic lead performance.