Gangs of New York
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The violent rise of gangland power in New York City at a time of massive political corruption and the city's evolution into a cultural melting pot set the stage for this lavish historical epic, which director Martin Scorsese finally brought to the screen almost 30 years after he first began to plan the project. In 1846, as waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points, a number of citizens of British and Dutch heritage who were born in the United States began making an open display of their resentment toward the new arrivals. William Cutting (Daniel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's never less than compelling, driven by an overwhelming, larger than life performance from Day-Lewis and by Scorsese's grandiose historical imagination."
‑ , Time Out
"You have to honor its mad ambition. But sadly, it feels like a dream too long deferred."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Scorsese scores some fine political points along the way and demonstrates the mastery of his craft in every scene, but the underlying theme of brutal revenge at any cost loses its way too early on..."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"[A] flawed masterpiece."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The impact is all in the broad strokes of Scorsese's design: the corresponding coming-of-age stories of three confused and violent adolescents: Amsterdam Vallon, New York City, and America. [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The result reverberates on the screen with a deadly force and fury more intense than anything Mr. Scorsese has yet achieved on the meanest and most beloved streets he could imagine or recall."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Scorsese's congested, conflicted, entrancing achievement."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Brilliant but devastating. High schoolers and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The whole may not add up to the sum of its parts, but it's difficult to dismiss the brilliance of those parts."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Why did Scorsese spend three decades thirsting to make this movie? It's nowhere clear on the screen."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"What we're left with has the patness of a history lesson about our roots and the melting pot and what it means to be an American."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A triumph of pure craft and passionate heart."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"One of Scorsese's weakest films, a wannabe historical epic that's essentially a formulaic revenge saga; the only reason to see it is Daniel Day-Lewis' compelling performance as Bill the Butcher."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a story of such relevance to New York, to America and even to the rest of the world, that just had to be told on film with as much impact as a filmmaker can muster. And Martin Scorsese musters much."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Gangs becomes a standard revenge opus. And a long one at that."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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