'Gangs of New York' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   8 reviews
75%
Rotten Tomatoes:   206 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    A muddle splashed with bloody beauty as vivid as any Scorsese has ever given us.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    This is historical filmmaking without the balm of right-thinking ideology, either liberal or conservative. Mr. Scorsese's bravery and integrity in advancing this vision can hardly be underestimated.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    100
    Wonderful spectacle, terrific acting and toweringly great film-making.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    For all its lack of breathing room ... it realistically puts you into the Civil War North as much as Gone With the Wind does with the romantically idealized South.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's as if [Scorsese] preferred to concentrate on the production ... rather than on the dramatic issues and, oh yeah, taking up the rear, the human beings who live them.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Darkly operatic and brilliantly realized.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    Like many operas, this is long, overwrought, sprawling, and more than frequently brilliant. It also hits just enough discordant notes to keep it from greatness.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A lavish folly that suffers from an odd downscale effect.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Eric Harrison Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    As it is, the film is always watchable, occasionally riveting, but ultimately a disappointment.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    The story's scope and pageantry are mesmerizing, and Mr. Day-Lewis roars with leonine power.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Day-Lewis keeps you awake whenever the story loses steam during the film's 2 hours and 48 minutes.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    What we're left with has the patness of a history lesson about our roots and the melting pot and what it means to be an American.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    All of this is a triumph for Scorsese, and yet I do not think this film is in the first rank of his masterpieces. It is very good but not great.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    A magnificent throwback to an almost vanished era of epic filmmaking by great filmmakers in thrall to their own passions, rather than to the studio bookkeepers.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    75
    For almost the first two-thirds of Martin Scorsese's 168-minute Gangs of New York, I was entranced.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    An elaborately worked-over opus that's as tarted-up and artificial as Scorsese's '70s classic Mean Streets was gritty and real.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    A historical epic with the courage of its convictions about both scope and detail.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    fatally overlong, filled with haphazard history lessons and half-drawn conclusions, never jelling into a cohesive film or possessing the energy to move its great bulk forward.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    The result reverberates on the screen with a deadly force and fury more intense than anything Mr. Scorsese has yet achieved on the meanest and most beloved streets he could imagine or recall.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    Not bad enough to dismiss but too dense and boring to praise, let's just call Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York the year's longest and most expensive cinematic disappointment.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    A richly impressive and densely realized work that bracingly opens the eye and mind to untaught aspects of American history.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Jonathan Foreman New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    It vividly and energetically evokes a fascinating time and place that has never before been the subject of film, and presents a powerful if imperfectly coherent vision of urban politics at their most primal.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    Missteps aside, this is moviemaking of real ambition.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    A sprawling, rhythmless, exploitatively violent folly, studded with shallow characters.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    60
    A work of battered brilliance.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
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