Wednesday, May 22, 2024

“Sopranos” Prequel Movie “Many Saints of Newark” Review Embargo Lifts Day Before Premiere



The day before “The Many Saints of Newark” is set to premiere in New York, the review embargo lifted. That’s very unusual. Warner Bros. is always so strict about embargo’s, you’d think “Many Saints” would have been held until after the premiere.

So far, on Rotten Tomatoes, the rating is 79. Not bad but not as great as what I’d heard from reviewers who’ve seen it.

Most of the reviews praise writer David Chase for creating a world before “The Sopranos.” Owen Gleiberman writes in Variety: “We want “The Many Saints of Newark” to spin a good yarn, and for the most part it does.”

Alex Flood of the NME says: “On the basis of this, David Chase has enough original ideas in his trunk to keep The Sopranos motoring down New Jersey’s highway for decades”

We’ll know more tomorrow.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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