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  • Summary: Set in the early 1980's, this is the story of a man (Burns) who must save his younger brother (Wood) from Irish and Italian gangsters.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Suspenseful and ultimately unpredictable, with a sterling ensemble cast.
  2. 50
    The impish Wood is a little light as Sean, who's inextricably bound by same family ties that robbed him of a promising future and made him a fugitive from the only life he's even known, but the supporting cast is top-notch.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Burns' films are invariably better directed and scripted than they are performed, and Ash Wednesday is no exception. Pic's biggest drawback is that the helmer has again cast himself in the leading role.
  4. 50
    Ambitious, guilt-suffused melodrama crippled by poor casting.
  5. 40
    Russell Fine's kinetic camerawork outperforms the plot.
  6. We wish other directors would keep Edward Burns busy acting so he wouldn't have time to make his own movies. This is his fourth since "The Brothers McMullen" and they get more tedious each time out.
  7. 30
    This time Mr. Burns is trying something in the Martin Scorsese street-realist mode, but his self-regarding sentimentality trips him up again.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5

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