Forrest With2Rs’s review published on Letterboxd:
"They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way!"
I'll be honest, I wasn't super impressed with this film. Al Capone himself, portrayed by Robert De Niro, is barely seen and is really only given rudimentary villain status when he's shown on screen at all. I didn't get a good sense of a 'Cat & Mouse' chase with the film, which I feel like could have made this really something thrilling and exciting. Still, while I thought it suffered from some Hollywoodism and a lack of a strong characterization of Capone, I really found the characters likable, the acting strong (in particular, Sean Connery absolutely nailed his scenes every time), and there are some exceptionally clever moments in here--not to mention that gunfight on the staircase was pretty outstanding. It's a fun gangster flick and an easy one to share with fans of the genre.