Citizen Gangster
Citizen Gangster (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 27, 2012
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A good-looking but passionless affair that remains stubbornly aloof from its audience.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

"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.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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John Semley
AV Club

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.

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Clay Steakley
Paste Magazine

The true moments of tension and danger in this film sing, and some moments, big and small, will haunt the viewer.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Morlando has chosen to approach this material not with witty cynicism, but with quiet, and at times leaden, sincerity.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

As good as Citizen Gangster is, it would be even better if you could understand the dialogue.

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Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Biodramas..love them! This was good. The movie is less about the facts, and more about the impact it had on the lives of those involved. While there is some… More
Walter M.
In "Citizen Gangster," Edwin Boyd(Scott Speedman) is a World War II veteran who works as a bus driver in Toronto. Dreaming of becoming an actor, he… More
Alex roy
Citizen Gangster is the exciting true story of Edwin Boyd, Canada's greatest bank robber. Boyd was the John Dillinger of Canada, and he robbed several… More
John Ballantine
A valuable history lesson for Canadians who want to know about major criminal elements in the post war period but this film overall lacks soul. Outside of… More
Al S
A thrilling and dazzling triumph. An excellent and outstanding movie. An absorbing and invigorating feature that keeps you compelled and drawn to it all the way… More
Jason Reneau
Edwin Boyd, the notorious bank robber and folk hero. Has his story told on the big-screen. While the story is fascinating and the acting is good. CITIZEN… More