Director Martin Scorsese's The Irishman held its grand premiere at the New York Film Festival on Friday, and reaction to the epic crime drama began to flood the internet shortly afterwards. The film debuted with a perfect 100% score on the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator review, based on 33 reviews.
Critics hailed the film as a late masterpiece from the legendary filmmaker. The Irishman, who tells the true story of mobster Mike Sheeran, and his involvement in the disappearance and murder of Jimmy Hoffa, unites Scorsese with frequent collaborators Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, who are joined by Al Pacino.
Several critics praised the film's light comedic tone, and Scorsese's command over the gangster genre. They also commented on the film's three-and-a-half hour running time. “The Irishman confirms [Scorsese] as one of the greatest living, albeit largely unsung, comedy directors, and De Niro as one of the great stealing scenes in straight men, ”wrote RoberEbert.com's Matt Zoller Seitz.
Time magazine's Stephanie Zacharek wrote, “The Irishman is so laid-back with detail, and shifts so gracefully through so many eras, that it is hard to tease out a clearly defined plot. Even so, the movie is beautifully constructed — you willingly follow wherever it goes. ”
The Wrap's Alonso Duralde added, “Scorsese's return to gangster milieu is anything but a greatest-hits compilation from a filmmaker in his autumn years; as a storyteller and a graphic artist, he remains as bold and provocative as ever. "
The New York Times' AO Scott wrote, “A monument is a complicated thing. This one is big and solid – and also surprisingly, surpassingly delicate. ”David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter added,“ Martin Scorsese reunites with his most totemic screen actor to tell a sprawling gangland saga that turns flinty, amusing and richly nostalgic. ”
Here are some more reactions to the movie on Twitter:
THE IRISHMAN: An instant Martin Scorsese crime classic with everything you want it to be, and more.
De Niro's best work in ages, Pesci lights up the screen, and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa screaming about the Kennedys is the peak of the cinema!
– Brett _________ (@BrettRedacted) September 27, 2019
THE IRISHMAN IS NOT GOODFELLAS / CASINO part 3. Different pace different tone. It is, however, absolutely fucking fantastic and I am floored. All hail the King.
– Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) September 27, 2019
as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be the Irishman.
– david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 27, 2019
Watching De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino fire on all cylinders together shattered me to pieces. This is what I live for. The Irishman is rapturous.
– ᴘᴀᴛʀɪᴋ sᴀɴᴅʙᴇʀɢ (@PatrikSandberg) September 27, 2019
Anyway THE IRISHMAN is like a movie genetically engineered to take care of me or leave it at that, but I think it's a terrifying picture – and an A + example of a late period director saying, "oh, this is what you want?" and stabbing you in the fucking neck with it
– Jason Bailey 😬🥺😭 (@jasondashbailey) September 27, 2019
THE IRISHMAN is a quintessential Scorsese epic that moves easily over three and a half hours without dragging. To be able to maintain that the kind of pacing in such a long film is the sign of a true master 🙌
– Tia Glista @ NYFF (@tiaelisabeth) September 27, 2019
– Robert Levin (@ Rlevin85) September 27, 2019
THE IRISHMAN is Marty's old man movie! How about you almost have fifty conversations to do and everybody's got an ego and they're mostly just people chatting to each other and getting grumpy. terrific !!
– David Sims (@davidlsims) September 27, 2019
#TheIrishman is a sweeping crime drama about murder, politics, sacrifice, defeat and, ultimately, the loneliness that comes with being a bad man. Classic Scorsese from start to finish, and Pacino steals the show. Loved it pic.twitter.com/3FYOdMrWtC
– Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 28, 2019
The Irishman is Scorsese's Unforgiven. A director giving you what you love about his work, with the maturity of an older man's self-reflection. Pesci, finally the boss, gentler and more contained, steals it for me.
– Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) September 27, 2019
Oh #TheIrishman is brilliant. Only a movie Martin Scorsese could make and a movie unlike anything Scorsese has made. Yes call it a masterpiece. He's a master.
– Sasha Stone (@AwardsDaily) September 27, 2019
I love THE IRISHMAN so much because it is far more than another gangland notch on Scorsese's belt. An American epic concerned with profound moral decay and a lifetime's festering regret. De Niro is sublime. Pacino is electric, with Pesci the calming foil. And it flies by!
– Kris Tapley (@kristapley) September 27, 2019
THE IRISHMAN is a masterwork. Funny, epic, and most of all, melancholy. Scorsese confronting aging, legacies, and mortality. I may or may not have teared up at the end …
– Chris Evangelista (@ cevangelista413) September 27, 2019
THE IRISHMAN is like a great album from a master of the medium. Yes, a positive one.
The artifice of de-aging is more feature than bug.
Not "slow." It often moves like lightening & elsewhere just downright Bressonian.
This is not a review! Those are embargoed.
– erickohn (@erickohn) September 27, 2019
The Irishman will receive a limited theatrical run in the US beginning November 1 to qualify for the Academy Awards. The movie will be available on Netflix on November 27.
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Sep 28, 2019 14:34 IST