A Very British Gangster
A Very British Gangster (2008)

Given his many contradictions, Dominic Noonan, head of one of Britain's biggest crime families, is a man who defies stereotypes. This close up look at his life, from gun trials to the murder of his brother on the streets of Manchester,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a fascinating character as its subject, A Very British Gangster makes for entertaining, frightening, and informative viewing.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

A Very British Gangster proves yet again that one great asset of film is vicarious participation in crime.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A Very British Gangster plays less like a documentary than an E! exposť of lowlife skulduggery.

Chris Barsanti

blunt, charged

Andrew O'Hehir

Investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre's film is fairly standard British TV product, closer to a glorified 60 Minutes segment then to cinematic art. But never mind -- its subject is, as he might say, feckin' amazing.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

If Tony Soprano had a cheekier, less haunted, openly gay British counterpart, it would be Dominic Noonan, the Manchester crime boss profiled in the stylish and compelling A Very British Gangster.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

MacIntyre's heavy, heavy hand fudges it.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

'Manchester is where I was born, where I live, and where I'll die,' announces Dominic Noonan at the start of Donal MacIntyre's gripping documentary.

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Julia Wallace
Village Voice

It would have been nice to hear a small something about Noonan's very British victims.

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Edward Douglas

A fairly inconsistent effort assembled in a slipshod manner that doesn't do much to help one understand where this British gangster is coming from.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
This is one of the best filmed documentaries I've seen since Winged Migration. The shots here make the film appear as a narrative piece, and the film-maker… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"A Very British Gangster" is an insightful and stylish documentary with a minimum of pontificating about Dominic Noonan who is a… More
Wu Chouin
This lad dosnt seem like a true gangster.