Netflix Just Released An Irish Film That's Got 100% On 'Rotten Tomatoes'

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Netflix Just Released An Irish Film That's Got 100% On 'Rotten Tomatoes'

As any film buff will know, getting a 100% rating on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes is a rare accolade - so much so that there's a Wiki page dedicated to flicks that achieve the accolade.

Well, one film that's just been made available to view on Netflix is one of those 100% films, and we have to say that it looks pretty good - the 2017 Irish gangster film Cardboard Gangsters, written and directed by Mark O'Connor.



Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of Jay Connolly (played by co-writer John Connors) and his group of low-level drug dealers in Darndale, Dublin, as they set out to rule the area's illegal drug trade.

Unfortunately for Jay and his gang, the set of people at the top of Darndale's drug trade have been in power for decades, and they aren't willing to let the Cardboard Gangsters take control of the scene without a fight.

All this makes Cardboard Gangsters quite a tense watch, and the film has a particularly bleak ending. We won't spoil it for you in case you're thinking of watching it, but let's say that making a pass for power doesn't end very well for Jay.

John Connors, who plays Jay Connolly in Cardboard Gangsters. Credit: PA
John Connors, who plays Jay Connolly in Cardboard Gangsters. Credit: PA

Cardboard Gangsters has universally reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. While most have admitted that it isn't perfect, they have called it a 'confidently handled' flick.

"A film about drug dealers isn't to everyone's taste, but this is a well-made, gritty drama that doesn't glamorise anything or judge anyone, and all to a thumping soundtrack," said The Sunday Independent.

"The violence isn't played for laughs and Connors's performance is genuinely moving, though there's an irresistible sprinkling of salty, vulgar humour to lighten the otherwise bleak mood..." The Observer added.

"[Cardboard Gangsters] manages the trick of respecting the aspirations of those left behind by the Celtic Tiger economy while handing out a few tough lessons on the cost of responsibility," Radio Times concluded.


Cardboard Gangsters' grittiness has even impressed awards judges too, as the film won the awards of Best Feature Film and Best Actor (for John Connors) at the Manchester International Film Festival last year.

Unfortunately the film hasn't attracted enough reviews to be included on the Wikipedia page for films with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating, but maybe this can count as an honorary inclusion.

So if you're at a loose end this weekend and fancy a quiet night at home, Cardboard Gangsters might be worth a watch if you're interested.

Featured Image Credit: Wildcard Distribution

Topics: Ireland, Entertainment, TV and Film, Netflix

Chris Ogden
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