The Irishman

critic Reviews

96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score96%
  • An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
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    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    It didn't take a genius to see that television was finally poised to win the war against movies. I just didn't expect my teacher to be leading the charge against theatrical exhibition.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    There are 209 minutes in "The Irishman" and not one of them is wasted.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    Whether seen on the big screen or a small one, The Irishman is among 2019's best motion pictures and should receive its share of Oscar attention in 2020.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "The Irishman" moves slowly and pensively, invests in the natural rhythm of conversations and stops to smell the roses.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    It's the ultimate fusing of Scorsese's two sides... And even though it takes a while to get there, the movie is a masterpiece, one made by a man counting down his own years as if they were rosary beads.
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    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    "The Irishman" is long, to be sure, but it's never less than compelling - Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci, all in their mid-to-late-70s, are each carrying a lifetime of work, with practiced ease.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    I'm trying to hide the impact it has caused me. It's a monumental work on the decline of the American gangster. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Emmanuel NoisetteThe Movie Blog
    Despite mediocre visual de-aging effects, and unnecessarily long run time, The Irishman is an impeccable tale of life, regrets, betrayal and friendship. I'd hardly call this a masterpiece for Scorsese but this felt like a film he could do in his sleep.
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    John BeifussCommercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    The very definition of a late-period masterwork, this reckoning with a quarter-century of American corruption and damnation touches upon historical and fanciful milestones as if they were the stations of an inverted cross.
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    David G. HughesElectric Ghost Magazine
    Extraordinarily ambitious, dealing with the biggest questions: death, and the attempt to work it out. To watch this figuring-out is a devastating privilege and the film a monumental artistic achievement.
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