Kill the Irishman
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Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, KILL THE IRISHMAN chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken) and allying himself with gangster John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio), Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Hensleigh romanticizes Greene and doesn't have a very nuanced understanding of labor racketeering. That said, he does possess a fine eye for shabby urban landscapes and a nice way with explosions."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"KILL THE IRISHMAN should be appreciated as an important look at the way Greene affected the mob and crimes back in the late 70s."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"It's a small-scale film, but it packs a solid punch."
‑ Bruce Dancis, Sacramento Bee
"It's great summer night slumming cinema, with an integral moral complexity that doesn't intrude but guides the action."
‑ D.K. Holm, Vancouver Voice
"The cast makes up for some occasionally spotty storytelling and telegraphing of events that keep "Irishman" from being as good as it could have been."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The problem is that writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh doesn't do much beyond filling in the template; he's telling the specific, true-life tale of mob decline in 1970s Cleveland, but every character and setpiece feels like it fell off a truck."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A synthesis of stuff we've seen in every gangster movie since the '70s"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"A certain clenched-fist tonality to the picture that helps it wade through routine, and it's nice to see the city of Cleveland used for change when detailing the horrors and intimidation of mob rule, giving NYC the day off."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Certainly the filmmakers rounded up the right cast of tough-guy actors for this story of mob activity, but their presence doesn't lend much vigor to this unfocused and sentimental tale."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"What makes this film special and memorable is the character of Danny Green, who is not the usual neighborhood hoodlum you see in movies, the kind who gets in deep and gradually loses his soul."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's an irresistible, Cleveland-esque, underdog quality about this whole production."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Hensleigh wields the techniques with a sure hand and uses them to construct a compelling, engaging narrative, but at the same time seasoned viewers will constantly feel a nagging sense of familiarity."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's not just that the movie appears to find Greene far more charming than he was in Porrello's book. It's that Kill the Irishman never brings either freshness or energy to its tale. In the end, even the many explosions seem tired."
‑ Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal
"A minor mob-cinema classic."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
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