'Citizen Gangster' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   14 reviews
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    A good-looking but passionless affair that remains stubbornly aloof from its audience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • 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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    As good as Citizen Gangster is, it would be even better if you could understand the dialogue.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Farran Smith Nehme New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Morlando has chosen to approach this material not with witty cynicism, but with quiet, and at times leaden, sincerity.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Inspired by Boyd's story, rather than literally retelling it, the movie is less a gangster film than an existential allegory of choices and limitations.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Morlando 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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Paul Chambers Movie Chambers
    42
    "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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Clay Steakley Paste Magazine
    77
    The true moments of tension and danger in this film sing, and some moments, big and small, will haunt the viewer.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    With no firm hand guiding the proceedings, this potentially interesting slice of Canadian history winds up feeling like just another "Crime Doesn't Pay" PS
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Noh Film Journal International
    How could the tale of Toronto's most flamboyant bank robber be turned into such a blah, seen-it-all-before film?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Semley AV Club
    59
    Citizen 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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Singer Time Out New York
    60
    Writer-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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    25
    [VIDEO] Everything about "Citizen Gangster" seems second-rate.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Slant Magazine
    50
    Its 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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago