- Entertainment Weekly
Joanou shows signs of becoming a real director. But they're still only signs.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Oldman gives an electrifying performance that both establishes a tragic, terrifying character and explains why that character's world is such a perilous place.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Penn's affecting performance, a strong and silent struggle with his warring emotions, is hard pressed to offset Oldman's shrill shenanigans.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
What's best about "State of Grace" is what's unique to it - the twisted vision of the Oldman character, who lives in a world of evil and betrayal and has somehow thought himself around to the notion that he is doing the right thing.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A handsomely produced, mostly riveting, but ultimately overlong and overindulgent gangster picture.
Variety Staff - Variety
Every indulgence, including a two hour and 14 minute running time, is on display.
Sheila Benson - Los Angeles Times
A violent, tortuous melodrama that labors mightily to be an Irish Mean Streets or a latter-day Wild Bunch.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Superior gangland drama with a nod to Scorsese
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
A hugely impressive piece of work for a young director previously known for his documentary U2 Rattle and Hum.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A gritty, intense and explosive Irish gangster drama that's second only to Scorsese's GoodFellas as the best film of 1990.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Charts the territory of lawlessness, betrayal and violence.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A powerful, gritty, life-of-crime thriller that showcases its charismatic cast to impressive effect.
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com