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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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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Joan Anderman
    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.
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  1. Negative: 32 out of 142
  1. TripleB
    Dec 31, 2007
    10
    Memorized the prayer, bought the peacoat, and no I won't be ridding the world of evil men. But I could watch this movie a million times.
  2. JohnM
    Oct 26, 2009
    10
    One of the best movies I have ever seen for sheer enjoyment factor and if you've ever been pissed off seeing or hearing a serial rapist One of the best movies I have ever seen for sheer enjoyment factor and if you've ever been pissed off seeing or hearing a serial rapist or murderer get off scott free or sent to a "comfortable" corrections facility. The philosophy of the movie being "an eye for an eye" will no doubt be uncomfortable viewing for some, however, the movie has heart and personality and an amazing ensemble cast. I personally don't take much stock in "reviewer's" opinions, as the great George Carlin once said, "think of how stupid the average person is and realise that half of them are more stupid than that", I'm merely posting on here for people to go watch the movie for themselves! Expand
  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. DavidM.
    Jan 22, 2006
    7
    While this movie lacks much in the acting and originality department, a few spots of each shine through. I personally enjoyed this movie very While this movie lacks much in the acting and originality department, a few spots of each shine through. I personally enjoyed this movie very much but I have seen much better attempts at this style movie, specifically by Tarantino. It seems to me that Duffy idolizes Tarantino and at times Duffy succeeds in bringing that sick and surreal wit to the screen, however most of the time he fails. You may enjoy this movie if you love gangster movies and their kin or simply love violence. If you absolutely abhor movies that lack any real insight or explorations of the issues raised and leave all analysis to the viewer, then you are a mindless automaton and will definitely hate this movie. Expand
  6. BradyH
    Sep 7, 2009
    3
    This movie entertained me the first time I watched it when I was young. It has failed to do so again.
  7. AntonioE.
    Sep 5, 2005
    0
    One of the worst movies I have ever had the displeasure of seeing.

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