U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-27
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Aleksa Palladino, Kathrine Narducci, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Graham, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Domenick Lombardozzi
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Epic in scope and respectful in presentation, it makes up for any factual inaccuracies with the depth and power of its characterization.
The timeless quality of the story and animation make it as much a pleasure to see on the second or third time as it is on the first.
Although it may be difficult to “like” this film in a conventional sense, it offers a powerful and unforgettable experience that few will find easy to shake.
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