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‘The Irishman’ First Reactions Call Martin Scorsese Epic a ‘Masterpiece’

”It’s a masterpiece. Period,“ said one critic

Netflix’s “The Irishman” held its first press and industry screening at the 2019 New York Film Festival ahead of Friday night’s official world premiere screening. The response so far from critics and journalists has been overwhelmingly positive with some calling the three-and-a-half hour Martin Scorsese epic a “masterpiece.”

“It’s a masterpiece. Period,” said I Am New York’s editor-in-chief Robert Levin.

Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone also called it a masterpiece and added, “It’s a film only Martin Scorsese could make and a film unlike anything Scorsese has made.”


Slashfilm’s Chris Evangelista said, “THE IRISHMAN is a masterwork. Funny, epic, and most of all, melancholy. It’s Scorsese confronting aging, legacies, and mortality.”

The film’s three-and-a-half hour runtime doesn’t seem to be an issue as Chicago based Film Critic Robert Daniels said the film is well paced.

Indiewrie Executive Editor Eric Kohn added, “It’s not ‘slow.’ It often moves like lightening & elsewhere it’s downright Bressonian.”

In terms of performances, Indiewire’s Senior Film Critic David Elrich said the “performances are killer.”


Collider’s Perri Nemiroff called it a triumph for longtime Scorsese editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

Check some other reactions below.


“The Irishman” is an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.

Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

“The Irishman” opens in limited release in theaters on Nov. 1 ahead of its streaming launch on Netflix on Nov. 27.