Gangs of New York (2002) short review


This movie just SO didn’t work for me. Overall, I didn’t get the Big Point Scorcese was trying to make, Daniel Day Lewis was too over-the-top for me, and the costuming (while interesting) was very much theatrical. The only bit I really liked was when Cameron Diaz’s lower class character dresses up respectably in order to rob upper class homes, as she actually wears a pretty accurate outfit. Otherwise it’s long, there’s a lot of meat cleavers in people’s heads, etc. etc.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

3 Responses

  1. Heather

    yes it’s a brutal film, and long. But I confess, I love a man in plaid…..

  2. Heather

    …and having researched early gangs in NYC, they were very theatrical in their costumes. Very over the top, so it worked for me.

  3. H.D. von S

    I like this film so much! If you need someone to volunteer to do a plot summary and provide screen caps for a full review one day, I volunteer to be that person 🙋🏻‍♀️