44 Inch Chest Reviews

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John Gholson
February 10, 2012
A deliberately stagy rumination on the price of revenge.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 3, 2010
...an uneven yet engrossing drama that benefits substantially from the efforts of its unusually impressive roster of performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
April 30, 2010
It boasts a crackerjack cast and a richly dense script, and scenes of inspired fantasy and hallucinatory nightmarish power.
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
April 26, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 25, 2010
Filled with actorly weight, this top-heavy film needs a back brace
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 25, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
February 9, 2010
Every now and then there are perfect moments in cinema. The opening of 44 Inch Chest is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Adam Lippe
February 5, 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.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
January 31, 2010
44 Inch Chest puts the spectrum of the male ego on brutally efficient display.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 29, 2010
It's sometimes difficult to discern whether the filmmakers are dissecting male bonding, ritualized aggression and sexual anxiety or celebrating it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Drew McWeeny
January 22, 2010
I'm glad I saw [the film] and it's worth it for fans of this sort of thing, but there's a definite hint of been-there-done-that that mars an otherwise impressive experience.
AskMen.com Staff
January 20, 2010
When faced with his wife's infidelity, Colin (Ray Winstone) enlists his gang of aging pub-crawlers to kidnap, torture and (possibly) kill her younger lover. 44 Inch Chest takes the typical British gangster film and turns it into a David Mamet-ish c
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 15, 2010
...this is a thought provoking bit of cinema, as long as you know what you are getting into.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

January 15, 2010
44 Inch Chest is an actor's movie, a chamber piece that spends most of its time in one room, where much is said and little done. It feels like a violent film, although hardly any violence is seen, rather, violence is endlessly discussed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Machell
Times [UK]
January 15, 2010
Without a crack cast, attempting to pull off a film with such a static, contemplative plot would have been impossible. They succeed, just about, but at times it feels like a dangerous game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 15, 2010
Hard as Winstone visibly tries, he can't stop them stealing the movie, a plum actors' piece which both gains and loses points by soberly stalling its own plot. A thoughtful anticlimax is ... well, still an anticlimax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Limara Salt
Little White Lies
January 15, 2010
Malcolm Venville's intriguing and entertaining debut manages to question without patronising. And he's extracted a magnificent performance from Winstone who personifies the anatomy of a breakdown, swaying seamlessly from hurt to anger to violence.
| Original Score: 4/5

Digital Spy
January 15, 2010
At times Venville struggles to hold that thought, but his approach is also refreshingly straightforward (focusing on the actors rather than camera tricks) and he creates such a sweatbox atmosphere you can almost smell the pheromones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 15, 2010
Winstone's portrait of self-pity and snivelling rage is the centrepiece, but McShane and Hurt bring plenty of scene-stealing relief while Dillane and Wilkinson effortlessly cover the middle ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
January 15, 2010
This arthouse gangster oddity could have set the West End alight - particularly with this Best of British cast, all full of the requisite sound and fury - but it struggles manfully on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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