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Awesome: the Irishman surprised critics because they were the & # 39; astonishing gangster flick & # 39; , the best film by Martin Scorsese in decades and full of praise for lead Robert De Niro

The Irishman received rave reviews from critics during his premiere at the closing gala of the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday evening.

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Martin Scorsese & # 39; s latest gangster epic, in which Hollywood legends Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci shine, was announced as one of the director's best works to date when he returned to the genre he defined.

In the drama, the Taxi Driver star, 76, takes on the role of Frank & # 39; The Irishman & # 39; Sheeran, a real hit man who thinks about his life with trade union leader Jimmy Hoffa and the Bufalino crime family.

Awesome: the Irishman surprised critics because they were the & # 39; astonishing gangster flick & # 39; , the best film by Martin Scorsese in decades and full of praise for lead Robert De Niro

Awesome: the Irishman surprised critics because they were the & # 39; astonishing gangster flick & # 39; , the best film by Martin Scorsese in decades and full of praise for lead Robert De Niro

Scorsese & # 39; s newest has collected five-star reviews from critics almost across the board, praising the iconic filmmaker.

The film is a welcome return for the director, while venturing into the gangster genre he has come to define with this epic, fascinating drama in which De Niro gives a hair-raising and powerful performance as Sheeran.

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Although it takes 209 minutes, there is rarely a time when The Irishman is burdened by this runtime, thanks to his incredible protagonists, masterful direction and moving storyline.

Given the film's focus on Frank and his dealings with Hoffa and the Bufalino crime family, it is striking that the film does not give her female characters a chance to shine, because they remain firmly in the background as stoic, silent figures.

Moving: although it takes 209 minutes, there is rarely a time when The Irishman is burdened by this run-time, thanks to his incredible protagonists

Moving: although it takes 209 minutes, there is rarely a time when The Irishman is burdened by this run-time, thanks to his incredible protagonists

Moving: although it takes 209 minutes, there is rarely a time when The Irishman is burdened by this run-time, thanks to his incredible protagonists

VarietyOwen Gleiberman called the film a & # 39; cold enchanting, elongated knockout & # 39; who & # 39; bold and new & # 39; is because he admitted that it was & # 39; the movie that many of us wanted to see from Scorsese. & # 39;

About the epic runtime of the film he wrote: & # 39; In 209 minutes, The Irishman is longer than The Godfather or The Godfather Part II, longer than Titanic or one of the Lord of the Rings films – and at first glance , it can seem intimidating, like a mountain you have to climb.

& # 39; You could even ask: & # 39; Why did Scorsese, in the age of skittish points of interest, choose to make a magnum opus of three and a half hours for Netflix? & # 39;

The Irishman – Reviews

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Scorsese, unlike what he did in the overly knotted & # 39; Casino & # 39 ;, works at full power here – the nervous sound of his voice, the intuitive music of his camera movement, the classic volcanic eruptions of male anger.

– Owen Gleiberman, Variety

No one but Scorsese and this glorious cast could have made this movie as rich and compelling as he could have convinced us that the tropics and images are still of vital importance.

– Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

What raises the Irishman head and shoulders above any other recent crime film is that it doesn't end when the bodies are buried and the gangsters are locked up. Instead, it becomes a powerful, painful study of regret but not regret.

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– Ian Freer, Empire Magazine

Although it takes 209 minutes, there is rarely a time when The Irishman is burdened by this runtime, thanks to his incredible protagonists, masterful direction and moving storyline.

– Roxy Simons, MailOnline

It would be invulnerable to state a date when De Niro was last so good. But he is sensational – he gives a movingly subtle, internalized performance that melts through the aging process.

– Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

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Nothing will sell you completely to Scorsese's biggest gamble, where his cast is digitally obsolete so that they can play their own thirties

– Joshua Rothkopf, time out

& # 39; But the answer is quite current. That playing time is only a tap in the world of binge watching; if the Irishman wasn't a movie at all, but actually a show (say a limited series), we would be talking about all three episodes. & # 39;

Meanwhile, The GuardianPeter Bradshaw claimed the film was the & # 39; best 30-year film & # 39; van Scorsese was, as he said, & # 39; No one but Scorsese and this glorious cast could have made this movie as rich and compelling as he was, and convincing us that tropics and images are still vital.

& # 39; We have had ample opportunity to get tired of the crowd, the politicians, Florida, Cuba, and so on. & # 39; But Scorsese brings it back into a scalpel-sharp focus, especially with a new emphasis on Frank's spiritual devastation and guilt: a man who long ago had amputated his ability to feel regret and is now unable to to face feelings. It is again a huge achievement for Scorsese. & # 39;

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rich Magazine & # 39; s Ian Freer claimed that although the movie & # 39; somewhat loses its focus & # 39; in the middle, the central performances, direction and the story make the film as powerful as it is.

& # 39; The film is better if it holds on to the dynamics between the characters and it gets tremendously better as the different conflicts come together & he says.

& # 39; But what elevates the Irishman head and shoulders above any other recent crime film is that it doesn't end when the bodies are buried and the gangsters locked up. Instead, it becomes a powerful, painful study of regret but not regret. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; Scorsese delivers a stunning gangster movie, but The Irishman is so much more, a melancholy hymn for aging and losing your humanity. & # 39;

Strong: Ian Freer from Empire Magazine claimed that although the movie is & # 39; in the middle & # 39; somewhat loses its focus, & # 39 ;, the central performances, direction and the story make the film as powerful as it is

Strong: Ian Freer from Empire Magazine claimed that although the movie is & # 39; in the middle & # 39; somewhat loses its focus, & # 39 ;, the central performances, direction and the story make the film as powerful as it is

Strong: Ian Freer from Empire Magazine claimed that although the movie is & # 39; in the middle & # 39; somewhat loses its focus, & # 39 ;, the central performances, direction and the story make the film as powerful as it is

The TelegraphRobbie Collin looked at Scorsese's most recent filmography when he wrote: & As Scorsese masterpieces go out of late career, the Irish split the difference between Silence and The Wolf or Wall Street: this is a heavy, contemplative work, but one that moves like lightning for the whole three and a quarter hours plus credits, and sporadically shakes with dark comical amusement.

& # 39; It would be invulnerable to state a date when De Niro was last so good. But he is sensational – he gives a movingly subtle, internalized performance that melts through the aging process as if it is nothing more than makeup. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Time-outJoshua Rothkopf gave the film four stars because he was less convinced of the use of the film by aging technology.

High praise: Robbie Collin from The Telegraph wrote: & # 39; It would be invulnerable to mention a date when De Niro was last so good. But he is sensational & # 39;

High praise: Robbie Collin from The Telegraph wrote: & # 39; It would be invulnerable to mention a date when De Niro was last so good. But he is sensational & # 39;

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High praise: Robbie Collin from The Telegraph wrote: & # 39; It would be invulnerable to mention a date when De Niro was last so good. But he is sensational & # 39;

& # 39; Nothing will sell you completely to Scorsese's biggest gamble, digitally aging his cast so that they can play their own thirties & # 39 ;, he wrote.

& # 39; Everyone looks unnatural pink and puffy, like 50-year-olds who have recently discovered hair dye. & # 39;

& # 39; After a while you adjust, or rather, you get tired of examining the somewhat abnormal evidence of your eyes (and the headache it causes). There is a lot of fun distracting you. & # 39;

The Irishman will be released in the cinemaon 1 November prior to the launch on Netflix.

Soon available: the Irishman will appear in the cinemas on November 1st before being launched on Netflix
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Soon available: the Irishman will appear in the cinemas on November 1st before being launched on Netflix

Soon available: the Irishman will appear in the cinemas on November 1st before being launched on Netflix

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