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Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York

2002
Drama
Crime
2h 47m
Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. (imdb)
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Gangs of New York

2002
Drama
Crime
2h 47m
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Rated 04 Apr 2008
8
82nd
Some of the best costumes and set design ever put on film. DDL is fantastic and steals every scene. Only Brendan Gleeson can keep up with him. It's too long and Diaz should not be in this movie but it's still a kickass movie that I would recommend.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
48th
A difficult film to evaluate because there are things that I love about it, including the incredible sets and costumes, a great opening sequence, some fine characters (Gleeson's Monk and Reilly's cop) and, in particular, Day-Lewis's spectacular performance. Then again, Leo is blah, Diaz is miscast and awful, the story has a number of characters (including Diaz and "Johnny") who should have been cut or reduced, and the movie's pacing and coherence are lost in the last hour.
Rated 21 May 2009
55
53rd
Re-watching this in 2021, it's hard to recall why I liked it so much the first time: everything is just a little bit ridiculous and the script and plot barely suffice. Day-Lewis works hard as always, but the material was not really possible to take seriously, and all the build-up leads to not very much. OK so the opening narration raises the possibility that an element of fiction or dream is involved, but still... Really, what was I thinking?
Rated 27 Feb 2007
72
55th
Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely amazing and makes this film worth watching. I don't think anyone else gave anything less than a good performance but when you've got Day-Lewis absolutely overshadowing everyone else it really makes everyone else look worse.
Rated 17 May 2008
89
96th
An era of history and place that together are untouched by Hollywood, which makes it a very interesting watch, not Scorsese's best, but stacks up well against the vast majority of other movies to come out post-2000. I was only really diappointed with Diaz and Dicaprio, but that's not too much to ruin everything else.
Rated 15 Dec 2006
69
33rd
I liked the recreation of the period and the characters are reasonably interesting, but the acting is horrible and the film drags. A goofy accent does not make a great performance.
Rated 26 Apr 2008
56
37th
A disappointing picture by Scorsese, although his direction is certainly not the root of the problems here. They are, namely: poor narration, Cameron Diaz's "acting", and an over-long running time. But for these faults, so much was done right: Daniel Day-Lewis is fantastic, and the set design is excellent for a period piece.
Rated 16 Jun 2008
71
41st
Far too long. Far too long. Far too long! Daniel Day-Lewis was awesome though.
Rated 19 Oct 2016
50
29th
Rated 06 Feb 2007
85
91st
Pretty awesome except for Cameron Diaz's pointless character and her frankly laughable attempts at an accent.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
75
89th
Great film.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
72
66th
An average film by Martin Scorsese!
Rated 04 Mar 2007
70
51st
The details are very carefuly put together and the acting is on point. Not the best Scorsese.
Rated 12 Apr 2009
80
70th
not scorseses best but impressive
Rated 08 Jan 2011
92
98th
Scorsese creates a film so resonant that it is both a work of great art and an anthropological document.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
59
30th
The definition of needlessly long.
Rated 07 Feb 2011
68
36th
The slo-mo fight scene at the beginning was the worst thing Scorsese's ever done...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
90th
Great style, great history. Fantastic imagery. Loved the story, loved the ending. Leo was great, as was Daniel Day-Lewis.
Rated 03 Sep 2009
6
95th
Daniel Day-Lewis continues to prove that he's just so much more talented then basically everyone. It's hard to believe such a silly opening gives way to this amazing movie - ditto on the imaginative historical recreation from Scorsese. This movie is just full of surprises. I didn't even mind Diaz but why is Stephen Graham basically a background character? What a waste.
Rated 03 Dec 2009
90
91st
Scorcese Lewis. BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! Costumes are awesome, Cameron Diaz is not.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
95th
Um dos grandes filmes de Martin Scorsese, onde junta-se suas maiores qualidades em se explorar universo e personagens a partir de analogias e simbolos.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
40
97th
"Never before has Scorsese been so willing to let his naked enthusiasm--his love not only for the history within the film and its characters but also the purity of cinema--reveal itself in all of its unabashed glory." - Chuck Rudolph
Rated 30 Oct 2022
71
47th
Neither Diaz or DiCaprio could suppress their California drawls for 3 hours. "Oim a foighter, oil kick yer arse from the 10 to the 405 all the way to Burbank where you belong, dude!" Classic father vengeance setup, but I don't think it's clear why Amsterdam actually takes so long to get his revenge beyond 'otherwise there wouldn't be a movie'.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
84th
Daniel Day Lewis steals the show in this visually stunning but, drawn out epic drama
Rated 21 Oct 2017
95
81st
This is one of those movies where I feel the setting outshines any of the stars associated with it. This is not saying anything negative about the leads, but the setting of New York City in the 1860s has almost a life of its own. While of course the history isn't quite right, it is also not an area of history that we hear about very often, if ever. The politics and tensions of the day almost overshadow the story, which is the weakest point of the movie but the rest of the movie makes up for it.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
71
84th
Excellent. Daniel Day Lewis is Creepy, Leo is competent, Diaz is not.
Rated 14 Apr 2009
67
44th
Loved the hat.
Rated 24 Jun 2008
96
99th
Daniel day Lewis was awesome.
Rated 09 Mar 2013
65
25th
I like the premise a lot more than the execution. The plot is just all over the place and badly needs pruning. Day-Lewis is easily its highest point, showing shades of the brilliance he would achieve in There Will Be Blood.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
35th
A disappointing effort from Scorcese, visually interesting but barely coherent and uncompelling as a story. Daniel Day-Lewis, Brendan Gleeson and John C. Reilly act their miscast younger counterparts (Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz) off the screen. At least DiCaprio proved himself worthy of a lead in a Scorcese film in "The Aviator".
Rated 04 Feb 2020
76
56th
Flawed and overlong, Gangs of New York is one of Scorsese's weakest films, but it's still enjoyable, mainly for Daniel Day Lewis's great performance.
Rated 22 Jan 2018
4
19th
Daniel Day-Lewis was definitely the highlight of this film. Everything else, meh. Was also way too long.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
96th
Despite the DiCaprio and Diaz, I loved this movie. Day-Lewis, Reilly, and Gleeson were shining in this film, and along with the awesome costuming and sets, make this movie one I'd willingly watch over and over.
Rated 08 Dec 2011
70
76th
Good movie
Rated 12 Apr 2012
68
56th
Cameron Diaz. I know she's good for something, but I do not know what it is.
Rated 31 Jan 2010
77
60th
Scenery and costumes are pretty cool (cool enough that I am actually mentioning it). The problem though is that I think that is the best part of the movie. DDL is very good with his character (esp the knife throwing exhibition), and is fun to hate. I would almost go as far as to say I could give this move two sep scores for DDL scenes and scenes w/out DDL. I know the female role is needed, but wish it wasn't Cameron Diaz playing it. Some of her stuff could be cut to shorten the film.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
65
42nd
One of Scorsese's biggest weaknesses as a filmmaker is more evident than ever in "Gangs of New York" -he pays more attention to craft than characters and emotions. The streets in "Gangs" are beautifully filmed but you 'll find yourself only mildly interested in what's going on in them. It's still an impressive piece of filmmaking, but it's cold and it leaves us out. It's an impressive demonstration of craftsmanship, but lacks warmth and immediacy.
Rated 04 Jul 2009
76
59th
DANIEL-Day Lewis is fantastic, but the movie is only decent.
Rated 09 Jul 2010
93
54th
It's a mess, but the photography is excellent, period design superb, and acting from Daniel Day-Lewis, Brendan Gleeson, and Liam Neeson fantastic. Scorsese was still figuring out how to use DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz is... well, she's just not very good at acting. John C Rielly was a pleasant surprise, as was Stephen Graham. Ultimately, I expect more from a film that opens with "Directed by Martin Scorsese".
Rated 06 Jan 2008
4
70th
There are weaknesses - Diaz's dead weight, superfluous and flat narration, troublesome pacing and a somewhat forced theme - but the strengths outweigh them, namely the lively and slightly exaggerated period portrayal, which is the backbone of the entire picture. The highlight, of course, is Daniel Day-Lewis's turn as Bill the Butcher, a ruthless, eloquent, and grotesquely charming villain that is one of the most memorable in recent movie history.
Rated 25 Jan 2008
73
64th
Not quite as good as I had expected, although maybe that was owing to the weird style of a lot of the scenes. During the opening scene, I was actually thinking "this is Scorcese? Really?" One thing hat is undisputably great about this movie though is Daniel Day-Lewis. Amazing performance, and its worth seeing the movie for him alone. Also, once you get past some of the superfluous narration, irrelevant love interest and odd stylistic choices, it can still be a really entertaining movie.
Rated 09 May 2013
40
31st
For a plot that could be combed through in less than a minute, this film is insanely long. Unfortunately, the length doesn't owe to anything of merit - rather several drawn out digressions which detract from the overall point. As mere line deliverers, the big actors were fairly successful, but the characters felt less than compelling as real people - perhaps owing more to a flawed script than anything else. For better Day-Lewis or Scorsese see any of their other works. This one misses the mark.
Rated 08 Dec 2006
55
28th
Daniel Day Lewis is the only thing that gives this movie the score that I give it.
Rated 11 Dec 2006
79
77th
I really liked this movie.... I think all actors and actresses did an awesome job. It really does give us a glimpse at what life was like just after colonization of the Americas
Rated 16 Jan 2011
90
88th
Awesome and imaginative movie
Rated 18 Sep 2012
93
96th
That this film, a masterpiece of cinema, received none of the TEN Academy Awards it was nominated for is a damn shame. Naturally stunning with an amazing cast and directed by one of the greatest directors of all time, Gangs is a powder keg that explodes with uncompromising power and might. The history that school's like to pretend doesn't exist can't be hidden, and this is the movie that delivers it exactly as it should be.
Rated 10 May 2008
72
52nd
Kind of a mess, but an entertaining mess. Daniel Day-Lewis, however, is consistently entertaining.
Rated 16 Jan 2011
89
73rd
Um bom filme, porém não o melhor de Martin Scorsese. No entanto, apresenta uma ótima trama, um bom desenrolar de enredo, e boas cenas.
Rated 23 Jul 2008
89
70th
Leo doesn't stop getting better.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
81
63rd
A great fantasy-fueled epic about America and its people. Though it doesn't stand with Scorsese's best films it's a wonderful movie that can really be enjoyed by anyone.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
91
95th
Scorsese's best in quite some time, violent, gritty, beautiful to look at, and a performance from Daniel Day-Lewis to remind you the real power of the actor.
Rated 28 Jul 2017
33
24th
Not bad, but the majority of the film was kind of boring. The draft riot sequence is a shockingly good example of intersectionality, showing both the unfairness of the draft for poor families while also criticizing those same families for racial violence, and, at the top of it all, the wealthy class that believes, incorrectly, that they are immune.
Rated 22 Oct 2009
25
3rd
I have many problems with this film, but the main two are named Leo & Dan, who under & overact all over the place respectively in this clunker.
Rated 09 Dec 2009
6
57th
DDL is good, but he can't make you forget that everything else isn't exactly up to par.
Rated 03 Feb 2013
45
13th
You definitely feel the sprawl. Diaz gives a bad performance and so makes the romance feel quite unconvincing. DiCaprio is horribly miscast giving a very lightweight performance. Poor narration, weak anachronistic music choices and the ending doesn't really work (cheesy closing shot). Still Day-Lewis is truly excellent and absolutely captivating, whilst the period detail and the opening are both great. All this makes a potential failure pretty watchable if disappointing.
Rated 07 Jun 2007
85
67th
Enjoyable, if not a little too into itself
Rated 10 Jun 2007
5
97th
Danial Day Lewis as Bill the Butcher, is one of the best characters in film history. A fantastic story, cast, plot, and just overall a great movie.
Rated 21 Feb 2016
10
49th
Star Rating: ★★★
Rated 20 Oct 2009
76
45th
Very long winded, anti-climatic but still delivers some thrills. This story of revenge just didn't organize itself in a manner which would allow it to capitalize off its own plot.
Rated 25 Oct 2020
91
90th
When director is Martin Scorsese, you can expect quality. Gangs of New York is a masterpiece, what stays on your memory for the rest of your life. Sadly it didn't won any Academy Awards even if it is better movie than Chicago in many categories.
Rated 19 Jul 2024
84
63rd
Daniel Day-Lewis, you beauty. Another legendary performance. Overall, a pretty good movie and pure Hollywood. Not Scorsese's best, not a masterpiece, but really gripping and entertaining movie with great performances overall, once again, especially Daniel Day-Lewis.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
68th
More opera and melodrama than most of us are accustomed to, but what a great movie. With one of my favorite performances of '02 from Daniel Day Lewis! What a great cast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
54th
vicious and powerful,,,unfortunately the ending leaves too much to the imagination... a noble effort by Scorsese and an incredible performance by Day-Lewis!!!
Rated 06 Nov 2010
92
95th
One of Scorsese's "no mafia" best movie, great reconstitution, great narrative, the bright description from the point of view of people deemed to be forgotten of a milestone in the political history of the United States - the rise of the power of the Federal State during the Civil War. The somptuous last pictures remembers of Kubrick's Barry Lindon and is heartbreaking.
Rated 01 Feb 2009
82
47th
The movie never quite lives up to its first 10 minutes. Or Daniel Day-Lewis's performance.
Rated 21 Apr 2009
94
61st
DDL as Bill The Butcher is my favorite part of the movie, but the rest of the movie is good too, not Marty's best but still really good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
80th
Epic, great performances, fascinating throughout. Scorsese finally got it made.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
77th
I am shocked Daniel Day-Lewis didn't win some the Oscar for his portrayal of Bill the Butcher, which was just phenomenal. It will go down as one of the better movie villains of the 21st century if people keep viewing this movie en masse. However, aside from his colorful and uniquely spoken character, the rest of the movie is just a half-step behind since he is outshining everything the whole way.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
85
94th
Daniel Day-Lewis worldclass acting!
Rated 05 Jun 2010
60
64th
Big snout fest 2010.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
38th
The last half an hour of this movie was a huge letdown.
Rated 27 Aug 2009
90
20th
Gangs of New York was a violent and historically accurate movie which depicts the segregation and hatred between different cultures that were arriving in the "cultural mixing pot" of the world. Daniel Day-Lewis was a wonderful acter who portrayed the brutality of his part with flying colors. It was a brilliant piece of work, but you have to be willing to sit still for almost three and a half hours.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
48th
Not good enough. Leo can't act, we know it from titanic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
58th
An awesome setting/story, great actors playing great characters. A little too long, ended badly, and didn't have enough of the stuff that i liked. Very good still.
Rated 05 May 2015
60
58th
Extremely poor storytelling undermines this otherwise decent film.
Rated 24 May 2011
82
74th
Daniel Day-Lewis is the man.
Rated 24 Aug 2009
85
56th
Great action and compelling story with extreme characters. An overall evil vibe with plenty of violence and gore. Quality flick.
Rated 27 Feb 2008
61
68th
ger
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
35th
it was ok, i guess
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
Good acting, strong story, but too much going on to make it into a cohesive flick.
Rated 21 Aug 2010
86
81st
Gangs of New York is often harshly judged, perhaps because of the expectation level placed on any Scorcese film. There is however much to enjoy from the highly impressive costumes and phenomenal set design to fantastic lead performances not least from the immersive Daniel Day-Lewis. Perhaps it is too long and Cameron Diaz still can't act but despite these flaws this is still an epic film which fascinates throughout.
Rated 05 Oct 2011
79
61st
How come that Cameron Diaz is rich and I'm not?!
Rated 18 Dec 2009
75
27th
A sprawling, undisciplined film that tries to be an epic but winds up as a big mess. I think Scorsese was trying to imitate Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" by making everything in early New York bigger than life, but I don't think it really works.
Rated 20 Jun 2008
50
30th
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Rated 27 Feb 2008
54
29th
Uneven and overrated.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
9
98th
Daniel Day-Lewis gives the best performance so far this decade. If you disagree, you are wrong. He elevates acting to a jaw-dropping art form here. Outside of him, it's still a very entertaining period piece with incredible production values (although it would have been better without the romantic subplot), but he's the reason to buy a ticket.
Rated 11 Aug 2014
80
50th
Gangs does lose the infectious forcefulness and unceasing originality of Scorsese's other films. Karen Hill had 3 dimensions; Diaz's Jenny is increasingly diluted into merely a tag-along love interest. It's the class struggle that gets the propellers spinning again, as the immigrants engage their oppressors with Democratic leadership. And when subjugation and violence again overtake, the film comes full circle to the epic street fight for justice, both for the hero and for America itself.
Rated 12 Aug 2010
64
84th
#00s(m)#, liked, rewatch(2) }*{ #03#, hype, story, reviews, dir Scorsese, cast
Rated 20 Aug 2007
9
62nd
This is an *excellent* movie. Extremely violent, but appropriately so. Worth every minute (even makes up for having lost hours of my life to "Gymkata")
Rated 20 Aug 2007
75
41st
Engaging
Rated 10 Nov 2018
53
55th
Daniel Day-Lewis proves why he is the best actor of the 21st century. That performance, though, is the highlight of what may be the lowest point of Scorese's illustrious career. Leo is fine, Diaz is bad, and the film plods along at a pace too slow to justify how little happens despite the turbulence of it's historical setting and the interesting socio-racial-democratic tensions which only ever rise to the level of "backdrop."
Rated 02 Dec 2008
90
69th
Daniel Day Lewis makes that movie.
Rated 18 Apr 2009
8
79th
Sensational picture. The cast is brilliant. Memorable scene upon memorable scene.
Rated 15 Oct 2007
85
67th
great movie, i love historical movies
Rated 17 Oct 2007
70
0th
filled with violence and i dont know whether thts got anythin to do with american revolution or anything i'm bad at history...everyone was good especially the "butcher" the story depicted the age old vendata thing...
Rated 18 Sep 2013
74
48th
73.67.
Rated 27 Jun 2009
85
87th
Overall Enjoyment: 35/40, Plot/Themes: 15/20, Cinematography/Direction: 15/20, Acting/Writing: 20/20 Very well done period piece with fantastic acting.
Rated 02 Dec 2008
80
71st
Very long winded but still very well made and had some incredible performances in it.
Rated 01 Feb 2012
75
81st
This movie has grown on me, very entertaining and great actors and performances
Rated 24 Jan 2008
70
44th
Fascinating portrait of an unknown period of New York and the groups of immigrants who wanted to stake their claim on it. Daniel Day Lewis is nothing short of fantastic, although for all the good work he does the movie tends to meander, and loses much of the steam some of the early scenes in the film build.

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