Review Roundup: Cardboard Gangsters, Whitney Can I Be Me, By the Time it Gets Dark

Three new films release today – Irish crime drama Cardboard Gangsters, intimate documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me? and mesmerising Thai film By the Time it Gets Dark.

Read on for some reviews from around the world and pop into the IFI to make up your own mind!

CARDBOARD GANGSTERS
“It’s noisy, loud, violent and sad. Cult popularity beckons”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Salty, funny, and enlivened by some fantastic Dublin rap music, Cardboard Gangsters has a rare authenticity in terms of its subject matter and location”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“As gritty a crime drama as you’re ever going to get from Irish cinema, Cardboard Gangsters feels like the type of movie that would have been unthinkable ’round these parts 20 years ago. It’ll still hold up two decades down the line”
4/5 – RTE

“Cardboard Gangsters is a top Irish crime drama”
4/5 – Entertainment.ie

“Ultimately though this sense of familiarity doesn’t stop Cardboard Gangsters from being a must see at the cinema with its blockbuster performances and harrowing human moments”
4.4/5 – Scannain

WHITNEY CAN I BE ME
“This remains a quietly devastating portrait of a magnificently loud talent”
4/5 – Irish Times

“It is an engrossing and compassionate study of a great talent brought low, and the film’s “unofficial” status is liberating”
4/5 – The Guardian

“Despite being light on Houston’s hits, this is a fascinating insight into the life of the talented, but troubled, star”
4/5 – Entertainment.ie

“The strength of the documentary lies in the skill with which Broomfield combines a cautionary showbiz tale with a probing analysis of race, class, gender and celebrity”
4/5 – Independent UK

BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK
“It is an engrossingly strange, confident leap down the conceptual rabbit hole, and a very accomplished piece of film-making”
4/5 – Guardian

“A magical, melancholic ode to the intellectual’s struggle against the forces of history”
Hollywood Reporter

“The movie is hypnotic to watch and wonder at – even if these filmmaking Thais don’t seem to bind and that is work which must be done by their audiences”
4/5 – Financial Times

 

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