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44 Inch Chest Reviews

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John Gholson

A deliberately stagy rumination on the price of revenge.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

February 10, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews uneven yet engrossing drama that benefits substantially from the efforts of its unusually impressive roster of performers.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 3, 2010
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

April 30, 2010
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 26, 2010
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B

March 25, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

February 25, 2010
Beth Accomando

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 9/10

February 9, 2010
Adam Lippe

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 Source:

February 5, 2010
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

44 Inch Chest puts the spectrum of the male ego on brutally efficient display.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 3/4

January 31, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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It's sometimes difficult to discern whether the filmmakers are dissecting male bonding, ritualized aggression and sexual anxiety or celebrating it.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 29, 2010
Drew McWeeny

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.

Full Review Source: HitFix

January 22, 2010 Staff

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 Source: | Original Score: 73/100

January 20, 2010
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...this is a thought provoking bit of cinema, as long as you know what you are getting into.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | 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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

January 15, 2010
Ben Machell
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

January 15, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

January 15, 2010
Limara Salt
Little White Lies

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

January 15, 2010

Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

January 15, 2010
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

January 15, 2010
Matt Glasby
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

January 15, 2010
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
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