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The Irishman Reviews

January 28, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 23, 2019
The Irishman is a much more deliberate and weighty gangster film - by comparison, Goodfellas is a riot. But it's a vibe that works in its gravitas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2019
The affecting, ruminative finale and the melancholic last scene leaves a metaphorical door ajar in our hearts, a deep hollow that's hard to fill...
December 11, 2019
Despite its length, The Irishman is riveting. It confirms Scorsese as one of the great American filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 21, 2019
There are 209 minutes in "The Irishman" and not one of them is wasted.
November 18, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2019
"The Irishman" moves slowly and pensively, invests in the natural rhythm of conversations and stops to smell the roses.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 15, 2019
There was a real pleasure in seeing Scorcese... doing this sort of stuff that he became known for and celebrated for.
November 14, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 13, 2019
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2019
"The Irishman" is cinema, of the highest order.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 13, 2019
Scorsese knows how to wield humor, humanizing details, and digressions to keep the film lively....Of course, it helps to have three of the greatest actors of our time anchoring the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 12, 2019
It's not going to blast you through the back of the theater... Instead, it's going to engender feelings of sadness and regret amid a renewed appreciation for the director's filmmaking and storytelling prowess.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 12, 2019
Scorcese has made a film brimming with quiet power and subtle tension.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 10, 2019
For all its flash-back/flash-forward tricksiness, The Irishman rarely seems disjointed or thematically fractured.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2019
A brand new classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 8, 2019
f there is still any doubt as to Scorsese's artistry, The Irishman will put skeptics to bed. Or six feet under.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 8, 2019
Goodfellas by way of Wild Strawberries...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 8, 2019
"The Irishman" isn't a soaring achievement: It's a deliberate, thoughtful and somewhat muted one. No matter where that traveling camera goes, it subverts our expectations at every turn. Which can sometimes feel like a drag, but also exactly right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 8, 2019
This opera seria about decay is handled with utmost brio, vivified by the signature Úlan of one of American cinema's most enduring big-canvas filmmakers.
November 8, 2019
The busy wipes, lively zooms and fast cuts that characterised the earlier gangster flicks are not on display. This is as much the Scorsese of Silence as of Wolf of Wall Street.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2019
This is the best movie of the year so far and one of the best films of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 7, 2019
I wasn't bored for a single minute which, given there are 210 of them, has to be a triumph, surely.
November 7, 2019
This is peak [Martin] Scorsese -- all manner of terrible things made wonderful to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 7, 2019
Denying Scorsese's raw talent and experience as a filmmaker would be insanity. But that the only major film made in America this year about unions dredges up [Jimmy] Hoffa again seems tone deaf and self-indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2019
The picture's virtues, and its affectingly plangent mood, outweigh any not-so-special effects.
November 7, 2019
It's a cinematic tour de force in form and substance, representing late-career high points for director Scorsese and his lead actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 6, 2019
The Irishman is pure cinema, all three and a half hours of it - and one of Scorsese's jazziest, most difficult films, borrowing from many sources while riffing freely though often mournfully on the themes and techniques of his previous crime epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 6, 2019
[Al Pacino's] on Godfather-worthy form here as loose cannon union boss Jimmy Hoffa, in what, amazingly, is his [Martin] Scorsese debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2019
Many characters enter the movie just as onscreen text briefs us on how they die. People's deaths are introduced before they are, ensuring that every encounter carries the weight of an obituary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 5, 2019
"The Irishman" is a quiet epic that revisits a milieu Martin Scorsese has famously explored before--but never feels redundant or overly familiar. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
November 5, 2019
Scorsese's signature camerawork goes down like a glass of fine whisky, as smooth and as elegant as you'd expect.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2019
It is to gangster movies what John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" was to westerns. Without a doubt, it's a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 4, 2019
There is plenty to enjoy within The Irishman, unsurprising considering the movie clocks in at a prodigious 3 hours and 30 minutes. The problem is how spaced out the enjoyable moments are.
November 3, 2019
A new American classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
November 3, 2019
While "The Irishman" is like many mob movies about violence and betrayal, it's a work of a filmmaker who has earned the right to sum up this genre.
November 1, 2019
While Pacino fulminates and Pesci seethes, De Niro presents us with a character who all his life has lived in a kind of limbo.
November 1, 2019
If you want the best movie made in a long, long time, see The Irishman.
November 1, 2019
It is epic in scope, it is breathtakingly beautiful, and it is actors doing what they do best with a director who is working absolutely in his wheelhouse.
November 1, 2019
The Irishman is an act of rejuvenation for Scorsese too-it's his most thoroughly alive film in years.
November 1, 2019
The Irishman is a work of real retrospection. It's a stunning achievement, worthy of a great director's twilight years.
October 31, 2019
Feels genuinely new and deeply satisfying -- for its subtlety, wit and resonance; for its serenely confident technique, meaning no truck with fancy tricks; for the sumptuous quality of the production; and for the epic scope of the story.
October 31, 2019
No, the movie didn't need to be this long... If the portions are too big, though, at least it's a gourmet meal.
October 31, 2019
If this all seems rather somber, it's because of the stunning last hour, which will stick with you long after the film is over. But before then, "The Irishman" is actually quite droll, with some of the best characters and dialogue you'll see in a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 31, 2019
I do like it more than anything he's directed in a long time... But here's an aspect of the movie, common to all of Scorsese's organized crime films, that I find troubling. To wit: Just how sentimental should we be about coldblooded killers?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 30, 2019
Prepare for fireworks. With this unmissable crime epic, you'll be watching Scorsese at the peak of his powers directing acting giants De Niro, Pacino and Pesci and creating the movie event of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 30, 2019
What sets "The Irishman" apart is the ruminative mood that seeps into Scorsese's usual point-blank violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2019
Since 1973's "Mean Streets," Scorsese has proven over and over to be a master of the gangster film, and "The Irishman" has everything a crime lover would want, from violence and tension to an intriguing mundaneness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2019
Patient, composed and cool...
October 24, 2019
It moves forward and backward and sideways, getting more unpredictable and compelling as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 15, 2019
If this is something of a tall story, though, it's an irresistible one, with Pesci and Harvey Keitel (in a small role) especially sharp.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2019
The Irishman is cinema at its purest and most real form. To quote the master himself, go see it on the biggest screen you can lay your hands on.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 14, 2019
Some will herald this as a fitting crown for the end of a master director's career. But, smart cinephiles will recognize that this gifted and highly skilled auteur has only climbed to another summit, and there will be more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 14, 2019
Well, what did you expect? It was hardly going to be a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2019
Of course, Scorsese delivers a stunning, gangster flick but The Irishman is so much more, a melancholy eulogy for growing old and losing your humanity. Savour every one of its 209 minutes, you won't regret it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 14, 2019
It would be unchivalrous to put a date on when De Niro was last this good. But he's sensational - giving a grippingly subtle, internalised performance that melts through the de-ageing process as if it were no more than make-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 14, 2019
After Goodfellas and Casino we thought we had had it all, for voluptuous crime-athons involving De Niro, Pesci and Scorsese. Now here's another tree with golden rotten apples, sumptuously shaken.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 14, 2019
It is another massive achievement for Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 30, 2019
Fully engrossing for all of its 209 minutes... The Irishman is also -- true to form for Scorsese's best mob sagas -- remarkably funny with nearly everyone landing punchlines through the poetry of tough-guy language.
September 30, 2019
[The Irishman] is lively and wry and very funny, but at times it also feels like a confession, a plea for grace, not just from its protagonist but from the filmmaker himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 30, 2019
"The Irishman" isn't the last word on gangsters, but this long, involving, and extremely well-made epic seems to be an appropriate capstone for Scorsese - as well as De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino - at this late stage in their careers.
September 30, 2019
I'd be hard-pressed to say that the three-plus hours of The Irishman fly by, but it's also tough to think of a single individual scene I'd want to lose.
September 30, 2019
It runs a minute shy of three and a half hours, and I wouldn't wish it any shorter.
September 29, 2019
An epic both soaring and intimate, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman is a majestic elegy on mortality, where the truth-seeking wisdom of Silence catches up with the director's aging wise guys.
September 29, 2019
As with many of his earlier works, it's a film fascinated by the mechanics of organized crime. But there's a pervading sense that, with this picture, Scorsese wants nothing less than to put the gangster movie into its grave - quite literally.
September 28, 2019
Instead of flash and brash, Martin Scorsese delivers an effectively moving portrait that focuses on the emotional toll of being atop the mob underworld.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2019
I found myself reluctantly taken by the movie, and the way Scorsese uses it to maybe, just a little bit, atone for some of his own past blitheness about violence.
September 28, 2019
With "The Irishman," Scorsese proves he's more alive than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 28, 2019
I heard all sorts of huzzahs about Pacino - and he is wonderful - but it's Pesci who thrilled me to the core.
September 28, 2019
There's an enormity to almost everything about The Irishman: the casting, the killing, the Iditarod run time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 27, 2019
Scorsese's return to the gangster milieu is anything but a greatest-hits compilation from a filmmaker in his autumn years; as a storyteller and a crafter of images, he remains as bold and as provocative as ever.
September 27, 2019
The Irishman confirms [Scorsese] as one of the greatest living, though still largely unsung, comedy directors, and De Niro as one of the great scene-stealing straight men in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 27, 2019
The Irishman is so layered with detail, and shifts so gracefully through so many eras, that it's hard to tease out a clearly defined plot. Even so, the movie is beautifully constructed-you willingly follow wherever it goes.
September 27, 2019
Well, chug a 5-hour Energy, because the terrific "Irishman" deserves your full, un-fatigued attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 27, 2019
There's no conclusion to his filmography's cycle of transgression and penance, because none of us can know the higher truth for which his films grasp. He leaves just enough doubt to require the next movie.
September 27, 2019
Scorsese knows his audience and reputation so well that the film constantly plays with, and defies, expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
September 27, 2019
The Irishman feels more like being caught in a dream or reminiscence, with all the tenderness we're willing to afford in those in-between hours.
September 27, 2019
There's an almost meta-maturity, as if Scorsese is also looking back on his own career, the film leaving us with a haunting reminder not to glamorise violent men and the wreckage they leave behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2019
Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" is a coldly enthralling, long-form knockout - a majestic Mob epic with ice in its veins.
September 27, 2019
A monument is a complicated thing. This one is big and solid - and also surprisingly, surpassingly delicate.
Top Critic
September 27, 2019
This is the Scorsese of Silence, patient and methodical, and it brings out a subtle agony from De Niro one might have assumed the actor could no longer summon.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 27, 2019
A highly ambitious crime epic from a dream team delivering standout work all around. De Niro, Pacino & Pesci are phenomenal as is the work of editor Thelma Schoonmaker who makes a story that spans decades and clocks in at a whopping 209 minutes seamless.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 27, 2019
[The Irishman is] maybe the most heartfelt [film] of Scorsese's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 27, 2019
Martin Scorsese, reunites with his most totemic screen actor to tell a sprawling gangland saga that's by turns flinty, amusing and richly nostalgic.
September 27, 2019
This massive 209-minute film feels like a career summation for Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 27, 2019
The film feels composed of burnished, often blackly funny, fragments of erratic memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 27, 2019
After a while, you adjust, or rather, you get tired of probing the slightly-off evidence of your eyes and the headache it produces. There's a lot of fun to distract you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5