Brighton Rock Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 24, 2013
Anyone interested after seeing this film [the 2011 version] should go straight to the 1947 original and the uncanny way in which the steadily decent and amiable Attenborough was so scary.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 28, 2011
Brighton Rock is a classic example of filmmaking that remains hugely accessible despite its age...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 28, 2009
As brassy, boozy, and blonde entertainer Ida Arnold, [Hermione Baddeley] is a blast of smoky and stale music-hall air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 17, 2009
A brutal look at the British underworld -- as seen through the amoral eyes of teenaged thug Pinkie Brown, played brilliantly by the 24 year-old Attenborough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
June 16, 2009
A seedy noir, equal parts concealed-camera atmosphere and tense set pieces.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 13, 2009
nuanced and subtle
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 20, 2008
This tends to prove that Britain can turn out a gangster picture as brutal as any Hollywood had devised.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 23, 2007
Attenborough's Pinky is ... one of the scariest noir villains of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Director John Boulting brings the fabled Greeneland, that vile landscape ripened on sin and betrayal at the black heart of all his novels, to sensuous life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Brighton Rock takes the US noir thriller formula and blends it with a striking vision of the British seaside town in the 1930s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Arnott
Guardian
May 26, 2002
Brighton Rock is worth another viewing simply as a reminder that gangster films are meant to be unsettling.
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
May 20, 2002
John Boulting's adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel stakes its claim as one of the darkest films ever to be made on these shores.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
If you have any kind of feel for noir films, this one is in the don't miss category.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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