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Based on 7 Reviews
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  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    We wish other directors would keep Edward Burns busy acting so he wouldn't have time to make his own movies. This is his fourth since "The Brothers McMullen" and they get more tedious each time out. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Ambitious, guilt-suffused melodrama crippled by poor casting. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The impish Wood is a little light as Sean, who's inextricably bound by same family ties that robbed him of a promising future and made him a fugitive from the only life he's even known, but the supporting cast is top-notch. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Suspenseful and ultimately unpredictable, with a sterling ensemble cast. show more

  • 50
    Scott Foundas Variety

    Burns' films are invariably better directed and scripted than they are performed, and Ash Wednesday is no exception. Pic's biggest drawback is that the helmer has again cast himself in the leading role. show more

  • 40
    Laura Sinagra Village Voice

    Russell Fine's kinetic camerawork outperforms the plot. show more

  • 30
    Dave Kehr The New York Times

    This time Mr. Burns is trying something in the Martin Scorsese street-realist mode, but his self-regarding sentimentality trips him up again. show more

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