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The Irishman Reviews

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January 4, 2021
In a very real sense, Martin Scorsese is fighting against his own mythic legacy. In another way, of course, his return to the form in which he made some of the more compelling American cinema of the last five decades is a perfectly fitting closing coda.
December 16, 2020
Scorsese makes movies that Scorsese likes, damned be anyone who doesn't care much for them. All of his stylistic touches are here, but there's a certain hollowness to the whole affair that's admirable even if not likeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2020
Perhaps Martin Scorsese's most ambitious work, this biopic of reputed union leader and mob hitman Frank Sheeran (DeNiro) has a narrative sweep that immediately grabs the viewer and refuses to let them go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4.0
September 16, 2020
I saw The Irishman in a huge theater on a giant screen, and I did not want to get up, didn't want it to end, and could have watched another hour of it if there was one.
September 12, 2020
A film that seems like typical Scorsese until it doesn't seem like typical Scorsese anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
September 3, 2020
Reiterating my love of Scorsese, it's his ability to experiment that makes him a compelling director. Every film he directs is worth the time, and The Irishman lives up to that billing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 28, 2020
The Irishman is Scorsese working with what he knows best to express a new level of maturity, ruminating on the significance of legacy and what it means to live with the decisions that you have made along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 16, 2020
A titanic, towering crime drama with a tangled narrative web to fit its epic runtime. It's pure cinema as only a maestro like Scorsese can deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 29, 2020
It's an amazing film that caps off a stunning career in film that spans over 50 years.
July 28, 2020
The great performances and incredible filmmaking make this fictionalized tale of Frank Sheeran a story to end the decade, one that has seen many changes within the film industry - and hopefully introducing a new era of Martin Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 28, 2020
Zaillian follows Scorsese; Scorsese follows himself; they both follow Brandt, whose end goal is nothing if not ephemeral. The disconnect shouldn't work, but here it's the crux.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 24, 2020
A 3 1/2 hour epic that is in many ways the antithesis of "Goodfellas," featuring many of Scorsese's auteur signatures but presented in a quiet, mournful tone asking if the gangster life was really worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 13, 2020
A paradoxical, melancholic but thoughtful and engaging film, well directed by Scorsese.
July 8, 2020
Scorsese rewards patience with a third act you won't forget. [Full review in Spanish]
July 8, 2020
The Irishman is not just a mob movie. It's an examination of aging, regret, and holding value in the things that really matter.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
June 27, 2020
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
June 22, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 22, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 20, 2020
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.
April 30, 2020
Surely only a filmmaker with plenty of life behind him - and plenty of such stories - could make a film so entertaining and yet so solemn and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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