Citizen Gangster
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Citizen Gangster
The first feature from writer/director Nathan Morlando, Citizen Gangster is based on the true story of Edwin Boyd (Scott Speedman), the man who became postwar Toronto's most famous criminal. Edwin Boyd has returned from WWII and is dismayed by public indifference towards veterans and humiliated by his inability to fulfill his dream of being a Hollywood star or provide for his children and wife Doreen (Kelly Reilly). Seeing only disappointment in the face of his policeman father (Brian Cox), Eddie is desperate and starts to rob banks. But what starts as friendly and flirtatious robberies,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Inspired by Boyd's story, rather than literally retelling it, the movie is less a gangster film than an existential allegory of choices and limitations."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A good-looking but passionless affair that remains stubbornly aloof from its audience."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
""Citizen Gangster" is not exactly riveting. Speedman does the best he can in the title role. He gives his character life even as the sub par script drags us along."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"How could the tale of Toronto's most flamboyant bank robber be turned into such a blah, seen-it-all-before film?"
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Morlando has crafted a stylishly shot and evocatively designed period piece. But it's the dashing, quietly charismatic Speedman who proves the main draw, holding our attention even when the movie doesn't."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Citizen Gangster hits its marks when it's exploding the character's larger-than-life status, aided in large part by Speedman's career-best turn."
‑ John Semley, AV Club
"The true moments of tension and danger in this film sing, and some moments, big and small, will haunt the viewer."
‑ Clay Steakley, Paste Magazine
"[VIDEO] Everything about "Citizen Gangster" seems second-rate."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Morlando has chosen to approach this material not with witty cynicism, but with quiet, and at times leaden, sincerity."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"As good as Citizen Gangster is, it would be even better if you could understand the dialogue."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"With no firm hand guiding the proceedings, this potentially interesting slice of Canadian history winds up feeling like just another "Crime Doesn't Pay" PS"
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"Its commentary on our fascination with law-breakers is virtually nonexistent, except to the extent that the film itself revels in the doomed romanticism of its own protagonist."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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