First reactions to ‘The Irishman’ call it an instant classic

Gregory Wakeman
Robert DeNiro in The Irishman

The first reviews for The Irishman have started to emerge out of the New York Film Festival, and it has been heaped with praise, with some even calling it an instant classic.

Not only have various critics noted that its mammoth 3 hour and 29 minute running time goes by in a flash, but Brett Arnold also pointed out just how hilarious it is, while insisting that it is “an instant Martin Scorsese crime classic that’s everything you want it to be, and more.”

Variety’s Kris Tapley remarked that “it’s far more than another gangland notch on Scorsese’s belt,” and instead called it an “America epic concerned with profound moral decay and a lifetime’s festering regret.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese at "The Irishman" press conference during the 57th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Film at Lincoln Center)

Indiewire’s film critic Eric Kohn said that The Irishman feels like a Martin Scorsese “greatest hits album,” which he insists is meant as a compliment, and should immediately make fans of Goodfellas, Casino, Mean Streets, The Departed and The Wolf Of Wall Street very, very excited.

Jordan Ruimy, the editor in chief over at World Of Reel, highlighted Al Pacino’s performance as Jimmy Hoffa, declaring that the Oscar winner “towers over” the work of Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci with his “funny, sad and haunting” work.

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Ed Douglas even went as far as to declare that The Irishman is now an Oscar front-runner, and predicted that the upcoming race will be between Martin Scorsese’s latest and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

The Irishman will premiere at the London Film Festival on October 13, before being released on a limited amount of cinemas on November 8. It will then be released on Netflix on November 27.