What The Rotten Tomatoes Reviews Are Saying About The Irishman

  • Published: 01 October 2019
  • The reviews for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman are in, and they're about as fantastic as reviews can get. Based on Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman stars Robert De Niro as former mafioso and alleged hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who details the dirty deeds he did while working for the Bufalino crime family. And there's particular focus on his involvement in the disappearance and purported murder of International Brotherhood of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino.

    The Irishman had its world premiere at the 57th New York Film Festival on September 27th, 2019, when critics fell head over heels for it. As of September 30th, The Irishman stands at a flawless 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Writing for IndieWire, Eric Kohn said of the legendary director's latest,

    "It takes less than five minutes to establish The Irishman in Martin Scorsese's unmistakable voice...The mood is at once taut and funny, the essence of Scorsese's ability to humanize the mob as prickly macho men just a few notes shy of lovable. In that fundamental disconnect — between endearing people and the psychotic world they represent — the movie presents a fascinating onramp to America's obsession with organized crime."

    Kohn added that The Irishman is bursting with "Scorsese's trademark style" and proves that the director is, quote, "more alive than ever." At The Movie Minute, Joanna Langfield wrote,

    "Scorsese's mob epic demands and commands. Confident enough to play with traditional storytelling as well as cutting edge technology, this is thrilling work from artists at their prime. [...] It's a marvel to watch the piece as a whole, with its shifting tones, laugh out loud funny breaks, and its sneaky, very human heartbeat."

    J. Don Birnam at Splash Report says that there's more to The Irishman than meets the eye, writing,

    "As with everything Scorsese touches, The Irishman is plenty more than just a criminal's biography. Like many of his other films, it is a reflection on human nature, on whether and how greed, loyalty, betrayal, and regret, drive a life. It is also, more fundamentally, an aging director's look back with nostalgia at his own work, at forgotten episodes in American history, and about the meaning not just of life but of humanity itself."

    Slashfilm's Chris Evangelista called The Irishman a "funny, melancholy" masterpiece in his review, writing,

    "This is not Goodfellas. This is not Casino. This is Scorsese at his most reflective, crafting a masterwork that finds the filmmaker reflecting on everything he's done, and what it's all amounted to. The results are breathtaking, and one of Martin Scorsese's very best films."

    The stellar cast of The Irishman received high praise from critics, the vast majority of whom felt each star turned in career-best performances. Vulture critic David Edelstein was impressed by the major players in The Irishman, but was completely floored by Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino. Edelstein wrote in his review,

    "I heard all sorts of huzzahs about Pacino — and he is wonderful — but it's Pesci who thrilled me to the core."

    Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com wrote that The Irishman solidifies De Niro as, quote, "one of the great scene-stealing straight men" in film history, while Vogue's Taylor Antrim said that "Pacino is just a scenery-chewing riot as Hoffa."

    AV Club's A.A. Dowd commended both Scorsese's direction and De Niro's enduring acting chops in writing that the filmmaker, quote, "brings out a subtle agony from De Niro one might have assumed the actor could no longer summon."

    Stephanie Zacharek at TIME Magazine felt similarly, writing,

    "De Niro gives his best performance in years, with zero mugging or scowling — his Frank is a man of action who's so busy doing bad stuff, he barely has time to think."

    Some may be wary of The Irishman after hearing that it clocks in at a staggering 209 minutes, but most critics have promised that the hefty runtime is part of what makes the film so special. As The New Yorker's Richard Brody wrote,

    "It runs a minute shy of three and a half hours, and I wouldn't wish it any shorter."

    Brody certainly wasn't the only one who felt this way about The Irishman's runtime. At AV Club, A.A. Dowd said,

    "This is a remarkably brisk three-and-a-half hours — Scorsese, at a ripe 76, still directs with the energy of a hungry young filmmaker, his command of montage yanking the audience forward from scene to scene."

    Over at Vox, Alissa Wilkinson argued that, quote, "the near-bagginess of the film is part of its initial charm."

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Comments • 439

  • Phil Freeman
    Phil Freeman  21 hours back

    Hoffa had to go. As we consider "The Irishman",it is good to understand Hoffa worked hard for organized labor and his union men. He brought the country to a halt with a major strike, leaving the grocery shelves of New York City nearly bare..No food in a city of 8 million people. When the teamsters went out, nothing moved. Nation shut down. Corporate America would never have completed its takeover of commerce by as few as six monopoly corporations if Hoffa led the Teamsters. Business could not allow labor to have equal or greater power. Hoffa had to go. With him went the power of the unions. When was the last time we had an effective strike? When have American workers had a smaller piece of the pie than now? Jack Nicholson and Danny Devito consider the movie "Hoffa" their best work. Can't wait so see "The Irishman".

    • Northern HillBilly
      Northern HillBilly  23 hours back

      he ruined his mobster look for me when he showed his libtard side in real life i'll never watch that idiot in movie's ever again especially an irishmen hitman what a joke

      • ikaki jimomi
        ikaki jimomi  1 days back

        Getting ready with a suit and cigar while watching this movie.

        • stuart wrigglesworth
          stuart wrigglesworth  2 days back

          I can't wait for this. Looks fantastic.

          • Scott Leaf
            Scott Leaf  3 days back

            "...forgotten episodes in American history..." - J. Don Birnnam Yeah no one has ever talked about Jimmy Hoffa since the day he went away , totally forgotten hah hah hah

            • XJDUB
              XJDUB  5 days back

              Whenever projects circulate among really talented people for a really long time they are fantastic once those people finally make it happen, ie. 'Raging Bull'. "Many Saints of Newark" will probably be kick-ass too.

              • John Fish
                John Fish  5 days back

                Looks like fat Todd is back

                • Jack Tarasar
                  Jack Tarasar  6 days back

                  Robert di Niro WAS one of my favorite Actors of all time. NO MORE. I will NOT spend a dime on any movie he is in. If it comes out on Netflix I will watch it. Di Niro's HATE for our President goes way beyond any reasonable person's dislike of a Politician. He has made statements that the Secret Service has had to interview him over.
                  I hope he gets an incurable disease that takes a long time to take him out. Preferably VERY painful.

                • Chef Love
                  Chef Love  6 days back

                  I'm a huge fan of Scorsese. I've seen all his films ie Godfather, Godfather 2, Godfather 3, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Pulp Fiction, and of course Taxi Driver

                  • Andrew Donald
                    Andrew Donald  6 days back

                    It's incredible and odd that none of the major studios would finance this film and that Martin had to go to Netflix to back it. What were they all thinking??!! It's terrific that Netflix did, of course, for all of us to see another masterfully executed Martin Scorsese film with such a phenomenal cast!

                    • marcoPatriot1
                      marcoPatriot1  1 weeks back

                      Let me guess...a bunch of liberal actors in a movie...100% rotten tomatoes?

                      • Drsoe08
                        Drsoe08  1 weeks back

                        One things for sure, The Irishman will be 100x better than any generic MCU trash.

                        • Ramdani Badreddine
                          Ramdani Badreddine  1 weeks back

                          Imdb or rotten tomato reviews mean nothing , and i don't know how anyone would see the ratings somewhere on these sites to decide to wstch a movie or not , DE niro , Al pacino , pesci directed by Scorses that's all i need to know .

                          • spleeeen4it
                            spleeeen4it  1 weeks back

                            Scorcese movies have been getting steadily worse since the 70s. Mean streets was miles classier and more real than this pile of crap.

                            • beavis408
                              beavis408  2 weeks back

                              so glad Al Pacino and Joe Pesci never became pompous dickheads going around pounding their fists yelling obscenities in public at our President....De Niro classless buffoon.

                              • Ramdani Badreddine
                                Ramdani Badreddine  1 weeks back

                                Ur president is a joke and u guys always brag about freedom of speech where is it ? De nrio gave his opinion and the rest of the world shares the same opinion about ur stupid president and his politics.

                            • Hal Jordan
                              Hal Jordan  2 weeks back

                              Too bad you idiots that the so called Irishman was a liar and was proved to have nothing to do with Kennedy or Hoffa. He was a scam. But Scorsese will still work you

                              • ياسر العمري
                                ياسر العمري  2 weeks back

                                Seeing Pacino in a movie directing by Scorsese is just PERFECT ..
                                Clash of the titans ....

                                • Andrew Atkins
                                  Andrew Atkins  2 weeks back

                                  Can we not have any more mention of rotten tomatoes please!! They’re a joke and I despise them!

                                  • adamyaw
                                    adamyaw  2 weeks back

                                    I love that Sebastian Maniscalco is Crazy Joe Gallo too!! Can’t wait!!

                                    • diz dik
                                      diz dik  2 weeks back

                                      Who cares what Rotten tommatos thinks.

                                      • Graz
                                        Graz  2 weeks back

                                        Good or bad, is irrelevant. Who gives a shit what Rotten Tomatoes ratings say about the movie? When has anybody ever known Martin Scorsese to make a bad Mafia film? Name ONE!

                                        • Graz
                                          Graz  1 weeks back

                                          @Drsoe08 I ALMOST completely agree with you. Because I would add Casino to the list as well as GF2. Honestly, I agree with most people that GF2 is actually better than GF1. With The Departed and Black Mass being honorably mentioned.

                                        • Drsoe08
                                          Drsoe08  1 weeks back

                                          @Graz IMO The Godfather & Goodfellas are still the benchmark films for the mafia/gangster genre.

                                        • Graz
                                          Graz  2 weeks back

                                          As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to say that Scorsese's mafia films set the Benchmark for what any mafia film should be

                                      • ChubbyChecker182
                                        ChubbyChecker182  2 weeks back

                                        This Movie Feels like the End of an Era

                                        • The Holy Mackerel
                                          The Holy Mackerel  2 weeks back

                                          Scorsese is America’s greatest filmmaker.

                                          • M Goldey
                                            M Goldey  2 weeks back

                                            The Holy Mackerel overrated

                                        • Ayush Gour
                                          Ayush Gour  2 weeks back

                                          Martin Scorsese should cast Tommy Wiseau

                                          • S T
                                            S T  2 weeks back

                                            Is the actor who plays Bricktop from Snatch in The Irishman?

                                            • Kakaroto K
                                              Kakaroto K  2 weeks back

                                              After All this years!
                                              Al Pacino, Pesci, DeNiro and THE DIRECTOR!

                                              • Fooks Lee Ho
                                                Fooks Lee Ho  2 weeks back

                                                Rotten tomatoes can't be trusted to review any movie when will this shitty company just go away forest gump was rated 71% the Professional was given 72% it is the worst ratings system ever

                                                • BrooklynPatriot
                                                  BrooklynPatriot  2 weeks back

                                                  RT is worthless.

                                                  • Mick G.
                                                    Mick G.  2 weeks back

                                                    Given how big Looper is, couldn't you at least place the adverts so that they don't appear mid sentence. It can be done.

                                                    • C Sellars
                                                      C Sellars  2 weeks back

                                                      Do not care for Rotten Tomatoes since the whole Chapelle thing. Although I am very much looking forward to this film.

                                                      • Darshan Dutta
                                                        Darshan Dutta  2 weeks back

                                                        Pacino > Deniro

                                                        • Jimmy Byars
                                                          Jimmy Byars  2 weeks back

                                                          Looks like a good one!

                                                          • Jesus Benitez
                                                            Jesus Benitez  2 weeks back

                                                            I dont mind if this movie its gonna be on Netflix or internet...anyway im gonna buy it on blue ray, VHS, betamax, DVD, also pirate copy.

                                                            • Carol Robertson
                                                              Carol Robertson  2 weeks back

                                                              Won't see anything with de niro in it!!!

                                                              • Matthew Schnekenburger
                                                                Matthew Schnekenburger  2 weeks back

                                                                The de-aging looks ridiculous.

                                                                • M Goldey
                                                                  M Goldey  2 weeks back

                                                                  Matthew Schnekenburger I know it looks so fake

                                                              • Viva Freedom
                                                                Viva Freedom  2 weeks back

                                                                When is Scorsese going to make a movie about those Italians who contributed to the cultural, scienctific, and technological advances in the US, and not just about the mob bosses?

                                                                • dale watts
                                                                  dale watts  2 weeks back

                                                                  Probably never because stuff like that is boring , this kinda stuff is what most people want to watch,

                                                              • Dan Floros
                                                                Dan Floros  2 weeks back

                                                                feminist reviews..too many alphas cant handle it

                                                                • parrmik
                                                                  parrmik  2 weeks back

                                                                  They are all too old .The mob thing has always been about venal old men commanding violent young ones , leading the them to perdition.

                                                                  • Abraham Issac
                                                                    Abraham Issac  2 weeks back

                                                                    Rotten tomatoes ???? Aren’t they ummmm irrelevant?

                                                                    • John Elie
                                                                      John Elie  2 weeks back

                                                                      Can’t wait to see right wingers cave on watching it...🤣😂🤣

                                                                      • I Fxcked Ya Mother
                                                                        I Fxcked Ya Mother  2 weeks back

                                                                        John Elie well that’s because Clint Eastwood doesn’t get on the mic and says “FUCK TRUMP”

                                                                      • John Elie
                                                                        John Elie  2 weeks back

                                                                        I Fxcked Ya Mother I’ve seen many profess that they’l never watch him again. You know, he has no right to an opinion, but clint eastwood does...

                                                                      • I Fxcked Ya Mother
                                                                        I Fxcked Ya Mother  2 weeks back

                                                                        John Elie I’m a right winger and I love him. He’s an amazing actor. Even tho I don’t agree with his political views.

                                                                      • John Elie
                                                                        John Elie  2 weeks back

                                                                        I Fxcked Ya Mother they’re big on hating DeNiro...

                                                                      • I Fxcked Ya Mother
                                                                        I Fxcked Ya Mother  2 weeks back

                                                                        John Elie what

                                                                    • James Brice
                                                                      James Brice  2 weeks back

                                                                      Dinosaur movie. I wouldn't watch anything anymore with Deniro in it

                                                                      • Elton Eagle
                                                                        Elton Eagle  2 weeks back

                                                                        They're the greatest but too old for this Hoffa when disappeared was 60 smthg

                                                                        • Randell Goering
                                                                          Randell Goering  2 weeks back

                                                                          So just to keep score: De Niro 2/ Pacino 1. De Niro killed Pacino in 2 movies, Pacino killed DeNiro in 1.

                                                                          • kevin hill
                                                                            kevin hill  2 weeks back

                                                                            A WAP playing a MIC, sure where are the Libs now.

                                                                            • kevin hill
                                                                              kevin hill  2 weeks back

                                                                              @susan naquin Irish and Italian on his father's side, Dutch, English, Welsh, and Germain on the mother's side. How you can get to 95% Irish, you must be a lib( meant to be the most kindness and politically correct way).

                                                                            • susan naquin
                                                                              susan naquin  2 weeks back

                                                                              DeNiro is 95% Irish.

                                                                          • Carl Cleary
                                                                            Carl Cleary  2 weeks back

                                                                            There to old for these roles.I

                                                                            • Had Enough
                                                                              Had Enough  2 weeks back

                                                                              4:33 their faces look rubbery & air brushed...I won't pay to watch DeNiro. I'll wait until I can see it for free.

                                                                              • White Power
                                                                                White Power  2 weeks back

                                                                                RT is garbage! They had Get Out as 99% .lol

                                                                                • shane mccann
                                                                                  shane mccann  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Seen this it's overated shit