State of Grace
State of Grace (1990)

This directorial effort from Phil Joanou stars Sean Penn as an Irish-American undercover cop working the Hell's Kitchen beat. Penn is ostensibly on a sentimental journey to his old neighborhood. Actually he's been assigned to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 14, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Every indulgence, including a two hour and 14 minute running time, is on display.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Oldman gives an electrifying performance that both establishes a tragic, terrifying character and explains why that character's world is such a perilous place.

Ross McIndoe
The Skinny

Joanou is no Scorsese but he successfully builds a satisfying crime flick around Oldman's electrifying performance.

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Variety Staff

A handsomely produced, mostly riveting, but ultimately overlong and overindulgent gangster picture.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Penn's affecting performance, a strong and silent struggle with his warring emotions, is hard pressed to offset Oldman's shrill shenanigans.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's (mob) business as usual, elevated by some deft plotting and sharp dialogue from scripter Dennis McIntyre and forceful turns by all the principals, particularly Gary Oldman as a twitchy live wire who's fiercely loyal to friends and family.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A hugely impressive piece of work for a young director previously known for his documentary U2 Rattle and Hum.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What's best about "State of Grace" is what's unique to it - the twisted vision of the Oldman character, who lives in a world of evil and betrayal and has somehow thought himself around to the notion that he is doing the right thing.

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TV Guide

A violent, tortuous melodrama that labors mightily to be an Irish Mean Streets or a latter-day Wild Bunch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Stellar cast. I was captivated the whole film by the actors. Although I have liked other 'rat in the mob' movies better, like Donnie Brasco and… More
jd cryptic
A raw, gritty, and brutal look at the Irish mob. Superb filmmaking. Strong, powerful, and solid performances...this is an excellent gangster film.… More
Conner Rainwater
Irish Mob movies are not so common, but always seem to be great when they're made. This is one of the best, certainly topping The Depearted in my opinion.… More
Al S
A gangster movie classic. A stylish, gripping, taunt and exhilerating movie. A powerful, tough, insightful, suspenseful and awsome experiance. Superb career… More
Eric S
Magnificent look at the Irish mob in New York known as the Westies. Gary Oldman's character work as the ruthless Jackie Flannery is brilliant. He makes… More
Shauna Robinson
Extremely overlooked film. A dark and clever gangster film with a terrific cast. A career best performance for Gary Oldman, probably second to Norman Stansfield… More