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In this fictionalized account based on true figures, a foursome of young thugs decides to team up and take control of New York's east side from the aging bosses who control it. Bugsy Siegel (Richard Grieco) and Frank Costello (Costas Mandylor) control the physical elements of the operation, while Lucky Luciano (Christian Slater) and Meyer Lansky (Patrick Dempsey) bring up the business end.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an excuse for the latest crop of media-spawned personalities -- the male equivalent of starlets -- to invade the heavy-duty genre of the gangster film. They don't come up to Cagney's spats."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"A potboiler in the quick-and-dirty tradition of the B movies of the '30s, it may not win any Oscars or garner rave reviews, but it's consistently entertaining, nevertheless."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"To say that production designer Richard Sylbert, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and cinematographer Lajos Koltai give the settings a handsome, authentic look is like saying that the Titanic had nice chandeliers."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Mobsters is a bloody little fairy tale that makes good guys out of Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. According to the film, a largely plodding affair, they were just four kids who liked to kill people once in a while."
‑ Lou Cedrone, Baltimore Sun
"It feels like a history lesson from a particularly inept substitute teacher, hitting only a few highlights before it returns to a flat read of gangster specifics."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Mobsters looks like it was made by people who have seen too many gangster films for people who haven't seen any. There isn't a breath of life in the filmmaking."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"A hollow concept gussied up with a few big names, a pretty set and some fancy clothes."
‑ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"It is extraordinary that, with gangster-era America providing such a natural source of drama, director Michael Karbelnikoff should turn gritty reality into such an empty tale."
‑ John Marriott, Radio Times
"The virtue of GoodFellas was that it took the glamor out of mob sagas, and it's going to take a picture a lot better than Mobsters to put it back in."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"One of the most fogettable theatrical releases of 1991."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Slater and Dempsey bring to the film whatever shallow depth Mobsters occasionally exhibits."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Despite competent production, despite-or perhaps because of-a high and inventively mutilated body count, the film is ultimately boring."
‑ Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune
"Although things like character development are sometimes lost in the crossfire, the lead actors have enough charm to sustain the film."
‑ Joanna Berry, Empire Magazine
"In an attempt to find the origins of infamous gangsters Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello and Benny "Bugsy" Siegel, Karbelnikoff has rendered lame caricatures instead of meaty characters."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's just silly, sick and shallow."
‑ , Film4
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