'Citizen Gangster' Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)50A good-looking but passionless affair that remains stubbornly aloof from its audience.
Mark Holcomb Village Voice (Top Critic)Morlando shows commendable focus (even Cox dials it down), and his movie's modest aspirations nicely reflect the condition in which Boyd, his damaged charisma spent, finally thrives.
Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)As good as Citizen Gangster is, it would be even better if you could understand the dialogue.
Farran Smith Nehme New York Post (Top Critic)50Morlando has chosen to approach this material not with witty cynicism, but with quiet, and at times leaden, sincerity.
Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)75Inspired by Boyd's story, rather than literally retelling it, the movie is less a gangster film than an existential allegory of choices and limitations.
Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)60Morlando has crafted a stylishly shot and evocatively designed period piece. But it's the dashing, quietly charismatic Speedman who proves the main draw, holding our attention even when the movie doesn't.
Paul Chambers Movie Chambers42"Citizen Gangster" is not exactly riveting. Speedman does the best he can in the title role. He gives his character life even as the sub par script drags us along.
Clay Steakley Paste Magazine77The true moments of tension and danger in this film sing, and some moments, big and small, will haunt the viewer.
Ethan Alter Television Without PityWith no firm hand guiding the proceedings, this potentially interesting slice of Canadian history winds up feeling like just another "Crime Doesn't Pay" PS
David Noh Film Journal InternationalHow could the tale of Toronto's most flamboyant bank robber be turned into such a blah, seen-it-all-before film?
John Semley AV Club59Citizen Gangster hits its marks when it's exploding the character's larger-than-life status, aided in large part by Speedman's career-best turn.
Matt Singer Time Out New York60Writer-director Nathan Morlando leeches every last bit of color from the frame, until the world around Boyd looks so dreary and drab you can almost understand his desire to liven the place up with a little theatrical mayhem.
Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com25[VIDEO] Everything about "Citizen Gangster" seems second-rate.
Nick Schager Slant Magazine50Its commentary on our fascination with law-breakers is virtually nonexistent, except to the extent that the film itself revels in the doomed romanticism of its own protagonist.
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