Picks and Pans Review: Gangs of New York

updated 01/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz

Somewhere between deciding 30 years ago to make a movie on rival gangs in mid-1800s Manhattan and finally finishing the film, director Martin Scorsese lost his way. Though some individual scenes shine, the film feels labored. Scorsese and his three credited screenwriters have fiddled and fussed so much that any sense of freshness has long gone missing. Day-Lewis's bruising turn as a gang leader named Bill the Butcher is reason enough to see Gangs, but DiCaprio and Diaz's romantic pair are pure cardboard. (R)

BOTTOM LINE: The Gang's not all here

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