Brighton Rock Reviews

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 26, 2011
A forgettable film noir.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 26, 2011
[Joffe] isn't nearly as strong a director as he is a writer and he's unable to realize such an intricate story in a way that's even remotely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 26, 2011
All in all, this new Brighton Rock strikes me as a minor but effective exercise in neo-noir style.
Leonard Maltin
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August 26, 2011
Sometimes one can admire a film without truly liking it; that's how I feel about the ambitious British remake of Brighton Rock. Graham Greene's 1938 novel, first filmed in the late 1940s, has been cleverly reworked...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 26, 2011
Skip Trip to 'Brighton Rock'
Full Review | Original Score: C minus
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 26, 2011
Mirren is marvelous, as is Riley. The score, with Martin Phipps clearly channeling Bernard Herrmann, is full of tentative, melancholy melodies and dark, swirling moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 26, 2011
Screams "student film" with practically every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 26, 2011
A beautiful-looking noir about a British gangster whose trap for a witness messes up his mob life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 26, 2011
As antihero with no redeeming qualities, Riley is slick-haired shallow but unfortunately also one-note, an expressionless DiCaprio.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 25, 2011
Gets to the heart of its tragic underpinnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 25, 2011
The film is almost distractingly beautiful to look at, something that accentuates the tension between the film's conflicting quantities, i.e., the glories of the physical world, and the corrupted humanity it hosts.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 25, 2011
Mr. Joffe has turned "Brighton Rock" into a full-scale film noir with the stylistic undertow of a more modern British gangster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
S.T. VanAirsdale
Movieline
August 25, 2011
Gorgeous, ambitious and daring as it often is, Brighton Rock has no soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 25, 2011
The amended conclusion is awesome, in the way that Greene might have intended the word to be used.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
August 25, 2011
...a fascinating allegory of the battle between the devil and the Church for mankind's soul. Be warned: watching this movie requires thinking and some knowledge of Graham Greene.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 25, 2011
I'm still trying to figure out what mods have to do with Brighton Rock, and I can only guess that Joffe glommed onto the little town's best known pop-culture credential in hope of connecting with a broader, or perhaps younger, international audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 25, 2011
What was once an impurely pure outpost of Graham Greeneland now feels a bit like the Who's "Quadrophenia,'' with mods and rockers mixing it up around the edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
August 25, 2011
a remake that recalls the most pestering and innervating facets that the word 'remake' summons in even optimists such as myself
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
August 25, 2011
Attempt at hard-boiled film noir comes off only half-baked
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2011
The new film version of Graham Greene's 1938 novel "Brighton Rock" isn't very good, but if you haven't yet seen the 1947 film version of Greene's book, do so! It's the right time to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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