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Gangs of New York is something better than perfect: It's thrillingly alive.
Entertainment Weekly
Everything is vast and hugely ambitious in Martin Scorsese's magisterial, scrambled historical epic.
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.
Chicago Sun-Times
Rips up the postcards of American history and reassembles them into a violent, blood-soaked story of our bare-knuckled past.
New York Daily News
The movie turns choppy in the final third, but it is a monumental achievement nonetheless.
Lacks one thing -- an epic grandeur.
Portland Oregonian
There is greatness in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York: titanic acting, violent poetry, moviemaking on a grand scale, a real air of daring. And there is flab in it as well, and confusion.
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Stunning, and it has the added bonus of being about an era that is virtually new to movies. As a dramatic achievement, however, it is not quite so amazing.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
While the initial sequence is glorious, the last is a shambles.
Washington Post
Under its scope and reach and passion, Gangs of New York is pretty ordinary stuff.

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