The Boondock Saints

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 336 Ratings

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  • Summary: Two Catholic vigilante killers from Boston (Flannery, Reedus) who believe they are doing God's work kill members of the Russian mob and customers of a porn shop, but instead of paying for their crimes, they are praised as "saints" by the local newspaper and by an odd FBI agent (Dafoe).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. 75
    (Duffy) navigates the twisted collision of religious faith and the thrill of the kill, altruism and brutality, with an ingenious mix of humor, horror, mysticism, and just plain hipness.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    More interested in finding fresh ways to stage execution scenes than in finding meaning behind the human urge for self-appointed righting of wrongs, (the film) is stuffed with effects that have no lasting impact.
  3. 50
    (Duffy's) assembled a fine cast -- it's hard to take your eyes off the two young leads -- but he's given them little to do but squeeze triggers and mouth platitudes.
  4. 30
    As written and directed by newcomer Troy Duffy, The Boondock Saints is all style and no substance, a film so gleeful in its endorsement of vigilante justice that it almost veers (or ascends) into self-parody.
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 143
  1. MurphyM.
    Dec 7, 2006
    10
    The greatest movie of all times!
  2. ChaseC
    Jul 29, 2009
    10
    One of the greatest movies I have ever seen. Please watch this movie, I beg you, its such a great movie.
  3. Apr 18, 2011
    10
    First of all, I don't appreciate the implication that all people who give this movie a 10 rating are just overexcited kids. I am a 36 year oldFirst of all, I don't appreciate the implication that all people who give this movie a 10 rating are just overexcited kids. I am a 36 year old Marine Corps veteran who's life has been personally touched by crime, both violent and non-violent, and I can tell you many times, I have wanted nothing more than to do the kinds of things depicted in this movie. I don't because I still hope that some day the law may actually stand behind people's rights rather than standing behind the people who have the money. I loved this movie and think that it at minimum shows the moral standard that people SHOULD live by. Is violence wrong? Yes it is. Is violence sometimes necessary? I don't know, ask any police officer who has ever had to fire their weapon in the line of duty. Ask any soldier who has ever been to war. For those that can't see the plot behind this movie, I feel very sorry for you, and those around you, because my guess would be, you're moral compass probably doesn't point to the good side. Expand
  4. JohnB
    Dec 5, 2009
    8
    Obviously this movie is not to be watched for its impressive morality. It's more likely that the story came from a "wouldn't it be Obviously this movie is not to be watched for its impressive morality. It's more likely that the story came from a "wouldn't it be cool if..." moment, but never the less it is entertaining and has a story line that keeps you interested. Sure, it doesn't involve any deep philosophical thinking, but actual religious teachings aren't any better. Sorry to all who were looking for a life-changing experience from this movie. Expand
  5. KyleT.
    Feb 13, 2007
    6
    Simplistic and shallow, but entertaining for it's engaging execution scenes and occasional banter. A true popcorn movie, but don't Simplistic and shallow, but entertaining for it's engaging execution scenes and occasional banter. A true popcorn movie, but don't expect any deep or meaningful experiences! Expand
  6. KonradT
    Jul 28, 2009
    2
    People who say this movie is better than a 5 don't know what a good movie is. DaFoe's over the top annoying attitude coupled with People who say this movie is better than a 5 don't know what a good movie is. DaFoe's over the top annoying attitude coupled with two Irish immigrant bums who think they hear a voice telling them to kill people is NOT a cult classic, NEVER will be, and most importantly.. is not a good movie. Expand
  7. AntonioE.
    Sep 5, 2005
    0
    One of the worst movies I have ever had the displeasure of seeing.

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