A Very British Gangster
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Given his many contradictions, Dominic Noonan, head of one of Britain's biggest crime families, is a man who defies stereotypes. This close up look at his life, from gun trials to the murder of his brother on the streets of Manchester, reveals a community struggling with poverty, violence and drugs.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A Very British Gangster proves yet again that one great asset of film is vicarious participation in crime."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A Very British Gangster plays less like a documentary than an E! exposť of lowlife skulduggery."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"blunt, charged"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"It's all eminently watchable, but feels more like the run up to a larky crime picture like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels than a serious documentary."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's easy to forget this is a documentary. The central character wouldn't seem out of place in almost any British crime drama--he'd actually liven most of them up."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre's film is fairly standard British TV product, closer to a glorified 60 Minutes segment then to cinematic art. But never mind -- its subject is, as he might say, feckin' amazing."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"If Tony Soprano had a cheekier, less haunted, openly gay British counterpart, it would be Dominic Noonan, the Manchester crime boss profiled in the stylish and compelling A Very British Gangster."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"MacIntyre's heavy, heavy hand fudges it."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Takes great pains to tart up its mildly intriguing subject matter."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"A grimly fascinating look at an unsavoury character."
‑ , thelondonpaper
"'Manchester is where I was born, where I live, and where I'll die,' announces Dominic Noonan at the start of Donal MacIntyre's gripping documentary."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"More Hot Fuzz than Reservoir Dogs."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"A fairly inconsistent effort assembled in a slipshod manner that doesn't do much to help one understand where this British gangster is coming from."
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"Though hard to swallow much of this slanted overview, it goes down easy due to Noonan's charismatic force of personality, however unpleasant. But it's less about insight into the gangsta life, than a glimpse into a thug's action hero fantasy world."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"A Very British Gangster, his portrait of Manchester crime boss Dominic Noonan, raises awkward questions about his methods, as well as the question of whether "documentary" is even the right word."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
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