Billy Bathgate
Billy Bathgate (1991)

In this film version of E. L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate, Loren Dean plays the title character, a street-smart kid who inveigles his way into the confidence of 1930s gangster Dutch Schultz (Dustin Hoffman). Billy is ordered to look after… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Despite Dean's alert, open performance, Billy remains an opaque witness to events that are unfolding over his head. Hoffman's performance also is problematic.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The story sounds promising, yet there's a joyless, dutiful air to everything that happens.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

There's plenty of glossy, slick entertainment here if you haven't gotten overly tired of mob flicks.

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Billie Cohen
Time Out

Despite a Tom Stoppard script and diligent direction, EL Doctorow's novel about a youngster's experience of the life and times of Dutch Schultz seldom takes off as a movie.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Despite the shaggy dog sense of fun, Bathgate fades before you've left your seat.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Uninspired but intriguing gangster flick with fine work from Hoffman and Kidman.

David Ansen

Billy Bathgate isn't an embarrassment, but it's a puzzle. Watching it, you can't locate the passion that drew the filmmakers to it in the first place.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Billy Bathgate cost a lot of money to make, they say, but it's not there on the screen.

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Who got rich off this film, because looking at it unbiased, you'd think that it cost $12m, not $70m.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
Little known gangster film similar in ways to Casino, Goodfellas set in the 1930's. Has a strong cast including Bruce Willis and Nicole Kidman.
Doctor Strangeblog
I don't remember too much about it now but my lingering impression is that it was better than I expected for yet another gangster yarn, plus there's… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Billy Bathgate should be much more exciting and gritty than it is. The story of Dutch Schultz and his decline offers a wealth of material for Hollywood to make… More
Barry Lappin
Brilliant and the forerunner for some of the best gangster fims made.
John Ballantine
A strangely unfulfilling gangster movie. One would expect a greater film considering the all star cast.