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Brighton Rock Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
Joffe's removal of the story from the classical theatricality of the 1930s to the more contemporary and hip aesthetic of the 1960s just doesn't work in all the ways he may have intended.
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
November 14, 2010
Helen Mirren and John Hurt clearly need to stop saying 'yes' to any old shit that may or may not save the British film industry.
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
December 7, 2010
Rowan Joffe is an extremely talented artist and one of the jewels in the crown of British cinema at present, but this film is pointless and uninspiring, and far from his best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2011
It is about helplessness and evil, but isn't merciless enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
February 7, 2011
This new version of Graham Green's classic novel - updated to 1964 - feels peculiarly pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
February 3, 2011
Staggeringly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 7, 2011
A push-me-pull-you film straining in all sorts of different directions and getting nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 9, 2011
Please read the book instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
January 31, 2011
The awfulness ranges from terrible judgement calls, such as the deranged soundtrack, cardboard sets and hilariously OTT grimness, to more surreal errors, like star Sam Riley using the voice of the dog off That's Life who could bark the word "sausages".
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 23, 2011
As Brighton Rock attempts to zero in on Rose and Pinkie's dangerous relationship, it loses momentum.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
August 22, 2011
Gutting what made Graham Greene's crime-lit classic unique, this pointless re-setting of the noirish fable fails to bring its puerile antihero to compelling life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Galvin
April 14, 2011
Joffe has adapted an ambitious work but his film doesn't capture the depth and longing in Greene's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 9, 2011
The film looks wonderful with moody lighting, haunting cinematography and affecting music score, but the characters are jumbled and confusing in Rowan Joffe's directing debut
Anthony Morris
The Vine
April 13, 2011
Another by-the-numbers UK gangster flick that doesn't get enough wrong to hate or enough right to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 26, 2011
A forgettable film noir.
Rebecca Murray
August 30, 2011
Brighton Rock is frustrating in that it allows glimpses into a world that it refuses to fully embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
Geoff Berkshire
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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Jordan Riefe
October 7, 2011
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 3, 2011

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