The Irishman Reviews

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November 12, 2019
It's not going to blast you through the back of the theater... Instead, it's going to engender feelings of sadness and regret amid a renewed appreciation for the director's filmmaking and storytelling prowess.
November 8, 2019
A brand new classic.
November 8, 2019
f there is still any doubt as to Scorsese's artistry, The Irishman will put skeptics to bed. Or six feet under.
November 8, 2019
"The Irishman" isn't a soaring achievement: It's a deliberate, thoughtful and somewhat muted one. No matter where that traveling camera goes, it subverts our expectations at every turn. Which can sometimes feel like a drag, but also exactly right.
November 7, 2019
This is the best movie of the year so far and one of the best films of the decade.
November 7, 2019
This is peak [Martin] Scorsese -- all manner of terrible things made wonderful to look at.
November 7, 2019
It's a cinematic tour de force in form and substance, representing late-career high points for director Scorsese and his lead actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
November 7, 2019
The Irishman is Scorsese's elegy to the gangster picture. Every inch of the way, he demystifies the glamour of the mafia; stripping away layers of the façade, until there is nothing but an ominous void.
November 6, 2019
The Irishman is pure cinema, all three and a half hours of it - and one of Scorsese's jazziest, most difficult films, borrowing from many sources while riffing freely though often mournfully on the themes and techniques of his previous crime epics.
November 4, 2019
It is to gangster movies what John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" was to westerns. Without a doubt, it's a masterpiece.
November 3, 2019
A new American classic.
Top Critic
November 3, 2019
While "The Irishman" is like many mob movies about violence and betrayal, it's a work of a filmmaker who has earned the right to sum up this genre.
November 1, 2019
It is epic in scope, it is breathtakingly beautiful, and it is actors doing what they do best with a director who is working absolutely in his wheelhouse.
November 1, 2019
The Irishman is a work of real retrospection. It's a stunning achievement, worthy of a great director's twilight years.
October 31, 2019
Feels genuinely new and deeply satisfying -- for its subtlety, wit and resonance; for its serenely confident technique, meaning no truck with fancy tricks; for the sumptuous quality of the production; and for the epic scope of the story.
October 31, 2019
No, the movie didn't need to be this long... If the portions are too big, though, at least it's a gourmet meal.
October 31, 2019
If this all seems rather somber, it's because of the stunning last hour, which will stick with you long after the film is over. But before then, "The Irishman" is actually quite droll, with some of the best characters and dialogue you'll see in a film.
October 31, 2019
I do like it more than anything he's directed in a long time... But here's an aspect of the movie, common to all of Scorsese's organized crime films, that I find troubling. To wit: Just how sentimental should we be about coldblooded killers?
October 30, 2019
Prepare for fireworks. With this unmissable crime epic, you'll be watching Scorsese at the peak of his powers directing acting giants De Niro, Pacino and Pesci and creating the movie event of the year.
October 30, 2019
What sets "The Irishman" apart is the ruminative mood that seeps into Scorsese's usual point-blank violence.
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