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Brighton Rock Reviews

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

A forgettable film noir.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

August 26, 2011
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

[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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5.5/10

August 26, 2011
Dana Stevens
Slate
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All in all, this new Brighton Rock strikes me as a minor but effective exercise in neo-noir style.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 26, 2011
Leonard Maltin
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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 Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks | Original Score: 2.1/2

August 26, 2011
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Skip Trip to 'Brighton Rock'

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C minus

August 26, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 26, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Screams "student film" with practically every frame.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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A beautiful-looking noir about a British gangster whose trap for a witness messes up his mob life.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 26, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

As antihero with no redeeming qualities, Riley is slick-haired shallow but unfortunately also one-note, an expressionless DiCaprio.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 26, 2011
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Gets to the heart of its tragic underpinnings.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2011
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 25, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 25, 2011
S.T. VanAirsdale
Movieline

Gorgeous, ambitious and daring as it often is, Brighton Rock has no soul.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6.5/10

August 25, 2011
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The amended conclusion is awesome, in the way that Greene might have intended the word to be used.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: B

August 25, 2011
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

...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 Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 8/10

August 25, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

a remake that recalls the most pestering and innervating facets that the word 'remake' summons in even optimists such as myself

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 25, 2011
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

Attempt at hard-boiled film noir comes off only half-baked

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 25, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
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