Mobsters (1991)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 26, 1991
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 6% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite an abundance of style and some big names, Mobsters can't escape its empty plotting, numbing violence, and Gangster Movie 101 concepts.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

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.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

A hollow concept gussied up with a few big names, a pretty set and some fancy clothes.

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John Marriott
Radio 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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Slater and Dempsey bring to the film whatever shallow depth Mobsters occasionally exhibits.

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

Despite competent production, despite-or perhaps because of-a high and inventively mutilated body count, the film is ultimately boring.

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Jo Berry
Empire Magazine

Although things like character development are sometimes lost in the crossfire, the lead actors have enough charm to sustain the film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
Maybe I saw a different movie than most because I really like Mobsters. It's basically a Young Guns type movie with a gangster setting. I guess if you only… More
Marcus Woolcott
A silly and dull Goodfellas wannabe.
Tim Sigur
Huge piece of shit. I was wondering when the two Coreys were going to show up.
Chosen 718
It's an ok film. For most of the movie I thought Christian Slater's performance [among others] was lacking, I just didn't buy him playing an… More
xGary Xx
One of the worst examples of Hollywood's glossy reinvention of historical events, this brat pack version of The Godfather is quite unpleasant in the way it… More

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