The Irishman

209 mins
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Clocking in at nearly three-and-a-half hours, the great Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro in this epic true crime biography... More

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The Irishman | Ratings & Reviews

"While the experience of watching these senior cinema titans come together with such late-career gusto does partially elicit a nostalgic Goodfellas: Endgame vibe about it, the film is ultimately a richly layered, deliberately pensive dismantling of the myth and swagger generally associated with its creator’s iconic gangster opuses. The Irishman is, indeed, Scorsese’s daggiest movie to date, drunk on pangs of resignation and regret."


"It’s actually closer in tone to Silence, Scorsese’s contemplative 2016 film about Jesuit priests in 17th-century Japan. Which is befitting to the ageing gentleman behind it, and if one is prepared to sit quietly and do some work then The Irishman is a fine film. Because Marty’s not doing all the work for us."

New Zealand ListenerNew Zealand Listener

"While perhaps falling short of being a classic and not to everyone's taste (there are some unhappy at its version of the events relating to Hoffa), there's no doubting that The Irishman feels like a welcome throwback to pre-blockbuster event cinema of the 1970s, when the focus was on compelling characters and stories, rather than explosions and superheroes."


"From the opening tracking shot and accompanying song – a la Mean Streets – we are reminded that we’re in vintage Martin Scorsese territory here. But the self-referential elements are sparing, appropriate and – like everything else about this phenomenal movie – pitch-perfect."


"The Irishman is pure cinema, all three and a half hours of it – and one of Scorsese’s jazziest, most difficult films, borrowing from many sources while riffling freely though often mournfully on the themes and techniques of his previous crime epics Goodfellas and Casino."

Sydney Morning HeraldSydney Morning Herald

"I found myself reluctantly taken by the movie, and the way Scorsese uses it to maybe, just a little bit, atone for some of his own past blitheness about violence."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"The Irishman is vintage Scorsese, with an often sinuously moving camera, occasional break-the-fourth-wall monologues, wicked wise-guy humour, and explosions of sudden tenderness and casual violence."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"There's an almost meta-maturity, as if Scorsese is also looking back on his own career, the film leaving us with a haunting reminder not to glamorise violent men and the wreckage they leave behind."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" is a coldly enthralling, long-form knockout - a majestic Mob epic with ice in its veins."


"A monument is a complicated thing. This one is big and solid - and also surprisingly, surpassingly delicate."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Martin Scorsese, reunites with his most totemic screen actor to tell a sprawling gangland saga that's by turns flinty, amusing and richly nostalgic."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"After a while, you adjust, or rather, you get tired of probing the slightly-off evidence of your eyes and the headache it produces. There's a lot of fun to distract you."

Time OutTime Out

The Irishman | Details

R13, Violence, cruelty & offensive language
Drama, True Story & Biography
Country of origin
USA, Mexico