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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 139
  1. Jan 29, 2011
    10
    Overall this was one of the best movies I've seen to date. Mixing some of the brotherly antics with the family ties and the drama and love between the three characters makes some of these scenes unforgettable. The characters are almost needlessly in depth going so far as to delve into their personal sex lives. Looking into the characters' motives and reasons for killing reminds me of what comes out of the Middle East extremist groups, yet in a much more calm and controlled sense, if you can even say that about killing in the name of an omnipresent leader. If you've seen it and all you want to do is sit there and say it's a ripoff of all these other films then fine, but if you haven't seen this movie I encourage you to rent it or Netflix it or do whatever you have to do, as this is a film that many can enjoy. Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    10
    For all those wondering, this particular film is the GOOD one out of the two. That other one, ugh, it hurts that they marred this standalone project with a fatter, less unique, less involved sequal. 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 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. Mar 13, 2014
    7
    The Boondock Saints is one of those movies that the more I think about it the more I realize it was a pretty good movie. The film had an interesting and well written story with some good morals and ethics. The characters were interesting and well acted. To top off the presentation was good. While I enjoyed this on my first viewing I feel like this is one of those movies I’d appreciate more with repeated viewings. This is definitely a film to check out. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2010
    6
    Part-80s cop drama, part-Reservoir Dogs wannabe, part-stoner comedy, this movie definitely knows its audience (why else is it inexplicably rated NC-17?) The most surprising thing about it is that it works, even if the movie is meant to be outgrown. They just needed to find some leads who can actually act.... Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2011
    2
    The Boondock Saints received such a bad rating for 3 reasons.
    -1 The Narrative Story-
    Though this movie had plenty of interesting and fun
    action, the main story is an unoriginal knock off to say the least. 2 brothers fighting criminals in not so legal ways is hardly original. But the saddest part was that lack of quality that went with it. I would find a more quality series of events in a Punisher comic book. -2 Lack of theme-
    Though the statement they make makes you relate, it carries hardly any philosophical value. They could have easily surrounded the story with ideas on justice or some other often questioned value.
    -3 The smut- The language is horrendous, and the jokes mostly were vary perverted. Though quite funny in an immature way, I personally would rather watch some quality jokes. Not Youtube. Overall this movie aint that bad if you dont care about story or theme, and like dirty humor, violence etc.
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  7. Sep 1, 2011
    0
    What a bad movie. Mix in terrible dialogue, a silly plot, stupid stereotypes, and action sequences so hackneyed that they are almost satirical, and what you get is Boondock Saints. I am a bit mystified by the cult following of this film. I guess it has to do with the fact that this movie is an adolescent fantasy piece with all the sophistication that an adolescent mind could probably give it, and that appeals to the young, the immature, and the stupid. For everyone else, this movie is probably best avoided. Spend your time watching something that actually has something going for it. Expand

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