“The fault comes from the two lead actors that irritates me with their big, loud (and empty) attitudes: Rourke and Roberts.
“'The Pope of Greenwich Village' is grim & slow-moving, its got a mood of its own.
“ And even as a film, it has some engrossing moments, that work on its advantage!
“ Pretty entertaining, low-key crime flick.
“ Watching 'The Pope Of Greenwich Village' almost twenty years after it was released you can't but help think a)what a great movie it is, and b)what the hell happened to Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts, two of the most exciting actors of the 1980s?
“" The two cousins alternately joke and fight with one another, depending on their position on the regression line between Robert's wild schemes and Rourke's more banal impulses.
“ They're all entertaining to watch, but Geraldine Page is especially riveting as the mother of a corrupt detective.
“ The characters they create are definitely memorable and the situations in which they find themselves are compelling.
“ This film is entertaining and has a strong cast.
“Ultimately there is something I find fascinating about watching Mickey Rourke 1980s films, perhaps it is because he was so near to full blown stardom before he ruined it all, perhaps it is the surprise at just how ugly he has managed to become, to the point of being virtually unrecognizable.
“ But unlike most, he can be so entertaining.
“ Underappreciated movie boasting a slew of incredible performances, The Pope Of Greenwich Village delivers on several fronts with interesting eccentric characters, intriguing plot line and atmospheric street locations among them.
“ The characters are Grey, but the stuff they encounter in their journey, is mostly engrossing.
“ The Pope Of Greenwich Village is an excellent,underrated and overlooked Crime Drama that combines great direction,amazing performances from Mickey Rourke,Eric Roberts and a terrific supporting cast,a fantastic script and a outstanding film score that make The Pope Of Greenwich an entertaining and memorable film that is Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts at their best.
“Final Bore:Movies: I'd rather shoot myself in the foot.
“ Though exciting, you'll find little blood (even in a gruesome scene).
“ OK, the beating of the refrigerator was drawn out, as was the De Niro impression (come over here.
“Some slightly dated 80s music notwithstanding (some of it weird synth Irish music), The Pope of Greenwich Village is exciting, occasionally funny, and gives all in the audience a taste of delicious New York style film acting.
“ Evocative Tale of Two Promoters,.
“ Only these few things kept this from being a perfect ten and I highly recommend it.
“ The denouement really is too abrupt, but on the whole this is a really enjoyable tale worth catching for fans of the performers and genre.
“The story may sound familiar, but the performances make a very big difference; in fact this is essential viewing for those intense male actors looking to break into theater or independent films.
“ I think that one of the reasons The Pope Of Greenwich Village has found Cult status and is an entertaining film is because the film gives viewers a different kind of Crime Drama that combines Crime Drama,Gangster Film and a Buddy Movie and gives the movie not only a incredible energy that keeps you glued to the screen for 121 minutes.
“ (With the possible exception of "Angel Heart" for Rourke) Sharp witty dialogue and a clever plot made this a very enjoyable feature when I first saw it in 1984.