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44 Inch Chest (2010)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 48

Critics Consensus: An actor's movie with a strong cast, 44 Inch Chest can't quite redeem its static plotting and tonal shifts.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: An actor's movie with a strong cast, 44 Inch Chest can't quite redeem its static plotting and tonal shifts.


User Ratings: 13,514


Movie Info

Colin is in agony, shattered by his wife's infidelity. However, he has friends who do more than stand by -- they kidnap the wife's French lover and hold him prisoner so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge. A kangaroo court takes place and as the situation escalates Loverboy's life hangs in the balance as Colin wrestles with revenge, remorse, grief and self pity, all the while egged on by his motley crew of friends who just want him to get on with it so they can get down the pub.

R (for pervasive strong language including sexual references, and some violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Apr 20, 2010
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Critic Reviews for 44 Inch Chest

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (48) | DVD (2)

After a while you can see why the wayward wife moved on to fresher prospects. Our man Ray is all talk, no bloody action.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

With violence on the menu, it's a guilty pleasure to watch these stage-trained hambones unleash a rapid-fire roundelay of righteous indignation.

Full Review… | February 25, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The frequently profane dialogue suggests David Mamet on an off-night (so does Malcolm Venville's claustrophobia-inducing direction), though the first-rate cast works hard.

Full Review… | February 11, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's an interesting spectacle, but not enough to carry a movie.

Full Review… | February 4, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The whole thing feels like middle-period Mamet with English accents, and not much to say.

Full Review… | February 4, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Is this a documentary about a porn professional? Or a gym rat? Neither. It's a stagy, half-entertaining, half-tedious acting competition between five excellent Englishmen.

Full Review… | February 4, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A deliberately stagy rumination on the price of revenge.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Cinematical uneven yet engrossing drama that benefits substantially from the efforts of its unusually impressive roster of performers.

Full Review… | June 3, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

I can't help thinking it's a waste of talent.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It boasts a crackerjack cast and a richly dense script, and scenes of inspired fantasy and hallucinatory nightmarish power.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
FILMINK (Australia)

As an exercise in gender de-construction it's a crude bit of irony.

Full Review… | April 29, 2010

A verbose exercise in profanity that wastes the talent of a bunch of fine actors who sit around and discuss how best to restore the bruised ego of one of their hardened gang.

Full Review… | April 27, 2010

This talky crime drama is a searing examination of masculinity and misogyny that is littered with rampant profanity and lashings of humour.

Full Review… | April 26, 2010
Sunday Times (Australia)

The title suggests an exploration of the macho notion of masculinity, and while the theme filters through, it is less than satisfying; the film also lacks layers, making it a one-note movie with the odd flash of wit

Full Review… | April 24, 2010
Urban Cinefile

Filled with actorly weight, this top-heavy film needs a back brace

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A smashingly acted but dramatically thin expose of men behaving badly that isn't nearly as revelatory as it seems to think it is.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Philadelphia Weekly

Writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto seem to have been hoping for something along the lines of those Quentin Tarantino scenes where thugs kvetch about pop music and cinnamon buns, but the 44 Inch dialogue is not as clever as Tarantino's...

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Ninety-four minutes of stagey locker-room philosophizing. Sets a record for use of the word "cunt." Each of the characters exemplifies a different stereotype of male behavior, none of them very interesting.

Full Review… | February 10, 2010
East Bay Express

Every now and then there are perfect moments in cinema. The opening of 44 Inch Chest is one of them.

Full Review… | February 9, 2010

Venville keeps the camera back and the images wet, brown, and moldy while the characters scowl and spew vitriol at their foe, allowing us to see how they have nothing behind them.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010

Audience Reviews for 44 Inch Chest

Fantastic cast, acted well by some of the greatest Actors of our time , A superb British cast and i found the language to be highly amusing and found John Hurt to be refreshing as i have never seen a character like that from him! That said i cant have any positive comment regarding the film, you hope so much that its going somewhere and that this couldnt possibly be the sole engine of the movie, unfortunately it was it and your left disappointed and wanting the hour and a half of your life back! Great cast, shame about the storyline!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Remember the British gangster film "Sexy Beast" released in 2000? You know? The one where "Gandhi" goes ape shit? Well, this film brings some of the cast and crew back together again. Unfortunately, it seems that Ben Kingsley wasn't taking 'yes' for an answer this time and isn't involved. It does, however, have actors Ray Winstone and Ian McShane again, as well as screenwriters Louis Mellis and David Scinto. Now, this may not have gained the same acclimations as it's predecessor but this is still an undeniably powerful film in it own right.
When his wife (Joanne Whalley) says she's leaving him for another man, Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) refuses to take it. He enlists the help of his criminal friends Meredith (Ian McShane), Peanut (John Hurt), Archie (Tom Wilkinson) and Mal (Stephen Dillane) in abducting her lover (Melvil Poupaud). They take him back to an old flat and keep him in a wardrobe, while deciding on how to take revenge.
Where "Sexy Beast" had it's English lowlife criminals sunning it up in the villas of Spain. This film has them on their own turf. It's back to the grit and grime of dear ol' 'Landan' where Winstone gets to be 'the Daddy' again. This is no bad thing though as it's what Winstone does best. And... he's not alone. He's joined by an excellent cast of familiar British actors - who all get their turn at spouting some vitriol. It's the performers that's the best thing about this and having such choice actors as Hurt, Wilkinson, McShane, and the very underrated Dillane all backing up the lead, is a thing of dramatic gold. The performances are uniformly superb and it's an added bonus that they don't go anywhere. This is a moody and intense chamber piece that has all of the actors sharing the same limited space for almost the entire film, making it more akin to a stage-play. There is a brooding intensity to it that only benefits from the actors' terrifying and multilayered performances. On the surface, the characters have such a ferocity that they resemble a pack of rabid dogs but there are undercurrents of repression and weakness, at times making them about as threatening as a poodle. It's this very attention to characterisation that keeps this film going. It's also wonderfully shot in a sepia hue that adds a stark and bleak environment to the match the material. It may be too grim and misogynist for some tastes but there's no denying it's vehement and vigorous approach.
I greatly enjoyed "Sexy Beast" but it is wholly unfair that this film was compared and ultimately overshadowed by it. This is an impressive, moody and claustrophobic chamber piece with an ensemble that deliver with all the force they can muster.

Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

44 Inch Chest may have tried to take top position for the biggest amount of profanity in a film, which I'm sure makes up probably half the dialogue, not that I'm opposed to language of any kind if it works for the film, but does get a bit silly. On one hand you have a bunch of Actors who have in the past provided us with some great performances, but the storyline is weak and you seem to be hoping all the way through that something more exciting will occur, it never does.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

You Brits can make some dicked up movies. 1 Stars Whats even more dicked up is I spent 1 hour 34 minutes watching it

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

44 Inch Chest Quotes

Loverboy: What I do with my 12 inch long is not your business...
– Submitted by Milena K (22 months ago)
Colin Diamond: Good boy... good boy... NOT good boy!
– Submitted by Milena K (22 months ago)
Old Man Peanut: Absolutely brilliant. Should have got an award!
– Submitted by Tex T (2 years ago)

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