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Duncan Gray's rating of the film Gangs of New York

A strange assortment of ideas and style—part Ford, part late Fellini, a scene or two that wouldn't be out of place in Mad Max—all searching for the right tone and not consistently finding it. Blame it on Marty, or Harvey, or Cameron's accent. But when it hits, it hits hard, and in its best moments it's insightful enough about American history to earn the not-at-all-subtle flag imagery it drapes everywhere.