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3.3
6,610 Ratings

Gangs of New York

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 2002
History, Drama

Synopsis

After being released from prison, an Irish immigrant named Amsterdam Vallon in mid-19th Century New York City seeks revenge on the anti-immigrant mob boss named Bill the Butcher who murdered his father.

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Gangs of New York Directed by Martin Scorsese

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2003 | 10 nominations including: Best Picture

Village Voice Film Poll

2002 | 2nd place: Best Performance

American Film Institute Awards

2003 | Winner: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2002 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Critics reviews

For all its excesses, its tableaus piled upon tableaus, its elaborate set pieces that open up into even more elaborate set pieces, the film is just as eager to empty the stage and switch to a spotlight. That’s literally what happens for the film’s centerpiece scene, in which a seated, effectively motionless Cutting monologue consolidates the full expanse of the project’s themes and ideas…
October 17, 2014
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…This brutal pie-in-the-face is so blunt and abrupt that, in the half-dozen times that I saw the movie theatrically, I heard more than a few shocked half-laughs. The film is funny, queasily funny in the way that Scorsese’s movies habitually are—anyone expressing surprise that The Wolf of Wall Street was an outright comedy only showed that they hadn’t been paying much attention.
March 21, 2014
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For almost the first two-thirds of Martin Scorsese’s 168-minute Gangs of New York, I was entranced. I felt like I was watching a boys’ bloodthirsty adventure story—a blend of pirate saga, 19th-century revenge tale (three parts Dumas to one part Hugo), sword-and-sandal romp, and Viking epic poem, all laced with references to works ranging from Orson Welles’s claustrophobic Macbeth to Pieter Brueghel’s spacious Slaughter of the Innocents.
December 20, 2002
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