Anna Paquin And Robert De Niro Respond To The Criticism She Only Has 6 Words In ‘The Irishman’

Reviews are rolling in for “The Irishman”, and critics are raving about the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

While stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are receiving plenty of praise, film critics who’ve seen the film are drawing attention to the performance of Anna Paquin — despite the fact she only utters six words of dialogue in the entire film, and is onscreen for a total of 10 minutes.

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On Twitter, Paquin responded to the controversy, writing that she is “incredibly proud” to be a part of the film.

Robert De Niro also defended Paquin’s apperance.

“She was very powerful and that’s what it was. Maybe in other scenes there could’ve been some interaction between Frank and her possibly, but that’s how it was done. She’s terrific and it resonates,” he told USA Today.

In fact, numerous critics have been taking to Twitter to single out the Winnipeg-born actress for her outstanding work in the film.

However, there are others who’ve seen the film who were not impressed by Paquin’s lack of dialogue, epitomized by a review in The Guardian that sees Paquin’s minor role in “The Irishman” as part of a “troubling trend in Hollywood.”

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According to reviewer Beatrice Loayza, Paquin’s character is “more a tool for expressing the protagonist’s moral blindness, and a vehicle that primes audiences to feel certain ways about other characters, rather than a fully drawn person.”

It’s a viewpoint that not all critics share:

“The Irishman” is in theatres now, and debuts on Netflix on Nov. 27

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