Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 20, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though flawed, the sprawling, messy Gangs of New York is redeemed by impressive production design and Day-Lewis's electrifying performance.

Time Out

It's never less than compelling, driven by an overwhelming, larger than life performance from Day-Lewis and by Scorsese's grandiose historical imagination.

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David Ansen

You have to honor its mad ambition. But sadly, it feels like a dream too long deferred.

S. James Wegg

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...

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Scorsese's congested, conflicted, entrancing achievement.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Brilliant but devastating. High schoolers and up.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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 Travers
Rolling Stone

A triumph of pure craft and passionate heart.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer Macklin
Disjointed and overlong. Probably Scorsese's weakest film
Alex roy
Gangs of New York is a stunning Martin Scorsese epic. This a near perfect film that boasts a powerful cast of actors. Daniel Day-Lewis delivers the strongest… More
Candy Rose
Set in the mid 1800s, during the start of civilisation in New York. There were many gangs established to defend their terrority from new immigrants. When… More
Graham Jones
A great depiction of 1800's New York. Daniel Day Lewis is perfect.
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
The film's OK. Daniel-Day Lewis gives a great performance, and it's thrilling at some points. However, it is overlong and melodramatic with awkward,… More
Martin Sahlin
First I saw the first half. And I was a little dissapointed. There was good directing. And good acting. And you could feel the quality of the movie. But somehow… More