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Gangs of New York Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    72

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Throbs with an ambition that sends it soaring, then brings it down.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Brilliant but devastating. High schoolers and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is extremely violent, with savagely brutal battles and oceans of blood. Bill the Butcher uses his expertise to cause the most painful damage possible. Characters are badly wounded and killed, including a hanging. The movie also has very strong language, including the "N" word and sexual references and situations, including nudity, prostitution, a character in bed with three naked women, and a reference to abortion. Characters engage in every possible kind of corruption and illegality.

  • Families can talk about how our history creates us. What does the movie tell you about present-day New York? Why does Amsterdam's father tell him to leave the blood on the blade and never to look away? How does Scorsese show us parallels between the different gangs and between the gangs and other groups, like the Tammany hall politicians and the draft protesters?

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme graphic violence, many characters wounded and killed.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Sexual references and situations including prostitution.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking

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