100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Gangs of New York is something better than perfect: It's thrillingly alive.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A magnificent throwback to an almost vanished era of epic filmmaking by great filmmakers in thrall to their own passions, rather than to the studio bookkeepers.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Everything is vast and hugely ambitious in Martin Scorsese's magisterial, scrambled historical epic.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Scorsese and his team of Grade A talents are working on an operatic scale here, and like many operas, this is long, overwrought, sprawling, and more than frequently brilliant. It also hits just enough discordant notes to keep it from greatness.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
If Martin Scorsese's staggeringly ambitious one-of-a-kind finally has too many flaws to be great, it has as much greatness in it as any movie this year.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Rips up the postcards of American history and reassembles them into a violent, blood-soaked story of our bare-knuckled past.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Throbs with an ambition that sends it soaring, then brings it down.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie turns choppy in the final third, but it is a monumental achievement nonetheless.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Lacks one thing -- an epic grandeur.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
An elaborately worked-over opus that's as tarted-up and artificial as Scorsese's '70s classic Mean Streets was gritty and real, Gangs of New York feels like a movie musical without the songs.
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72 out of 100
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