Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 24, 2011
    75
    What makes this film special and memorable is the character of Danny Green, who is not the usual neighborhood hoodlum you see in movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 9, 2011
    75
    The cast is tasty, including Vincent D'Onofrio as a friendly fellow Mob guy, Val Kilmer as the head of the Cleveland PD, Christopher Walken as an underworld power broker, and a bunch of character actors hoping for a remake of "The Sopranos."
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 7, 2011
    70
    Overall, Kill the Irishman is an entertaining look at a brutal time in an ugly place.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 8, 2011
    63
    Call it "On the Lakefront." Or "Pretty-Good Fellas."
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Mar 17, 2011
    63
    The best thing about the picture (unless you like exploding cars, in which case the rest of the movie is just so many interruptions between getting to see all these big old '70s boats going boom) is its proudly hammy supporting cast.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 7, 2011
    60
    Jonathan Hensleigh's film won't displace "Goodfellas" in anyone's hierarchy of wise-guy movies.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 24, 2011
    50
    Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 24, 2011
    50
    It's just another gangster movie for the pile.
  9. 50
    A big, bloated, though frequently engaging gangster movie, Kill the Irishman should properly be viewed late night on TV, flipping back and forth between the film, David Letterman and a west-coast ball game.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 11, 2011
    50
    If you're in the mood for a clich├ęd gangland B-movie, though, you could do worse.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    Though director Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher) perks up when filming violence, the atmosphere throughout is past-prime, stymieing any strut.
  12. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 8, 2011
    50
    A pedestrian chronicle of an eventful true story.
  13. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 14, 2011
    40
    Talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk.
  14. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 10, 2011
    40
    An extravagantly corny ode to the collapse of the Cleveland mafia in the 1970s.
  15. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 8, 2011
    40
    If Stevenson's performance were equal to his mammoth physique, the movie might have a shot, but even his broad shoulders aren't up to carrying this much dead weight.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 9, 2012
    5
    At times unduly ruthless, 'Irishman' is a film that goes heavy on the embroilment, hard on ethnic affronts, and light on the cerebrum; an unerring recipe that stays true to its high-concept title. Nothwithstanding dutiful efforts to engender a retro vibe, the 'Irishman' fails to match the charismatic scintillation of its predecessors' characters; but it tries...in razing combustion. Don't be fooled, the film is thought-provoking, howbeit in the form of carophobia driven paranoia; one can't help but check the wheel well first, the ventral side next, the key slit third, or the adjacent vehicle fourth...if time allows. Unnerving, huh? Now you're catching on. Full Review »
  2. Dec 30, 2011
    7
    It's a nice movie, not very special. Good story, abrupt ending maybe, - well played by Ray Stevenson and Val Kilmer. Maybe it isn't original anymore to make irish crime cinema; I must say: very good choice of music. Enjoy this film. Full Review »
  3. Jul 11, 2011
    5
    An explosive mobster movie that suffers from one to many Irish car bombs. With an entertaining screenplay this movie suffers from a ridiculous script and dialog between actors. It tries to be on the level of a Martin Scorsese film but feels more like Kelly Makin's Mickey Blue Eyes. Full Review »