Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday (2002)

Hell's Kitchen on Ash Wednesday, 1983. Rumors are flying that Francis Sullivan's younger brother Sean, dead for three years, has reappeared. If he wasn't killed by rivals, then old scores still need settling, putting Fran and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

With more swagger than Saint Pat on Snake Day, Edward Burns struts around 1983 Hell's Kitchen in search of a Sopranos audition.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

For all its brooding quality, Ash Wednesday is suspenseful and ultimately unpredictable, with a sterling ensemble cast.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...unlike [Scorsese's Mean Streets], Ash Wednesday is essentially devoid of interesting characters or even a halfway intriguing plot.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

An ambitious, guilt-suffused melodrama crippled by poor casting.

Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

There ought to be a directing license, so that Ed Burns can have his revoked.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Ash Wednesday is not Edward Burns' best film, but it is a good and ambitious film. And it marks him as one of the most interesting writer/directors working today.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

This time Mr. Burns is trying something in the Martin Scorsese street-realist mode, but his self-regarding sentimentality trips him up again.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Despite the authenticity of the trappings, the film is overblown in its plotting, hackneyed in its dialogue and anachronistic in its style.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Burns' fifth beer-soaked film feels in almost every possible way -- from the writing and direction to the soggy performances -- tossed off.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
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Edward Burns and Elijah Wood star as brothers growing up as part of irish gangs in hells kitchen after one of them kills a group of men who were gonna kill his… More
Chosen 718
Good film, sad yet realistic ending.