Jordan Hoffman @jhoffman
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.
Chris Evangelista @cevangelista413
THE IRISHMAN is a masterwork. Funny, epic, and most of all, melancholy. It’s Scorsese confronting aging, legacies, and mortality. I may or may not have teared up at the end...
Jason Gorber @ #NYFF @filmfest_ca
THE IRISHMAN - Audacious, epic, a film that feels like it spans lifetimes yet whisks by. Technically bold, performances raw and darkly humourous, it is the culmination of Scorsese's genre fascinations, and a late career triumph. Truly cinematic, demanding to be seen big #nyff57
Jordan Ruimy @ #NYFF @mrRuimy
THE IRISHMAN: Think GOODFELLAS, but directed by the man who gave us SILENCE. A culmination, meditation and tribute to every Scorsese/De Niro/Pesci collaboration. And yet, Al Pacino towers over all of them with a funny, sad and haunting performance as Jimmy Hoffa.
Kris Tapley @kristapley
I love THE IRISHMAN so much because it’s far more than another gangland notch on Scorsese’s belt. It’s 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!
david ehrlich @davidehrlich
THE IRISHMAN is good! takes 90 minutes to lock in & clear out the cobwebs / adjust to CGI, but the scope is a virtue, the performances are killer (Joseph! Frank! Pesci!) & it eventually coheres into a heart-stopping meditation on the myopia of time. an old man movie for the ages.
THE IRISHMAN is like a greatest hits album from a master of the medium. Yes, that’s a positive.
The artifice of de-aging is more feature than bug.
It’s not “slow.” It often moves like lightening & elsewhere it’s downright Bressonian.
This is not a review! Those are embargoed.
Joshua Rothkopf @joshrothkopf
THE IRISHMAN finds its own signature—as a study of haunted men and broken loyalty—a little too late (well after two hours). Until then, it’s a slab of Scorsese’s core actors reminding you of older movies. But many of these conversations are electrifying.
Kyle Smith @rkylesmith
Enjoyed Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN but it’s underwhelming in some ways and he’d be wise to cut 30-45 minutes from this very digressive 3 1/2 hour film. Clearly it’s his least-good mob movie.
Zach Shevich @ NYFF @ZShevich
The Irishman is a sprawling crime epic that plays like Scorsese’s Greatest Hits. Shows the effects of a life lived in and around crime through a De Niro performance that only gets better as the film progresses. Not quite on the level of Scorsese’s best but has plenty to admire.
My question now is: Which film will Netflix be riding on for being nominated for Best Picture; The Irishman or Marriage Story?
I expect they'll be campaigning hard for both movies, especially because neither is very much like the other.
The biggest competition for The Irishman is going to be Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. They're both movies by late-career auteurs who probably only have one or two left in them (hopefully not the case) and are slow paced contemplations of morality in a genre piece. They risk dividing the vote between each movie from a similar demographic so something else could beat both.
im VERY pleased scorsese made another banger and overcame the obvious challenges