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Bronson Reviews

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Steve Dollar
Stop Smiling

The movie's giddy brio can leave you punch-drunk, and oddly unsatisfied.

Full Review Source: Stop Smiling

March 5, 2014
Will Leitch

An overstylized mess, with a brave but pointless performance from Tom Hardy as a lifelong prisoner who just wants to destroy everything around him, most of all himself.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 22, 2013
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm anthropological study in human viciousness, like a nature film done by Stanley Kubrick.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 8, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 17, 2010
Alice Tynan
Rotten Tomatoes

Britain's Got Talent never looked so good.

Full Review Source: Rotten Tomatoes

April 19, 2010
Tim Grierson
The Simon

Bronson doesn't have much to say, but it's a very fun exercise in bad behavior that's neither glamorized nor bemoaned.

Full Review Source: The Simon

February 26, 2010
Sean Axmaker

It's content to be a kind of freak-show character study of a man who embraces anarchy, not for its own sake but for the fame and adrenaline that it brings him.

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February 17, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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This is psychotic behavior as performance art, and Hardy makes it irresistible.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

January 22, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Part literate black comedy, part surrealistic character study, part horror movie, Bronson is a sophisticated confection, rich and dark, sprinkled with bitter little jokes.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 21, 2010
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

For such a potentially exciting subject matter, Bronson hits way too many lulls.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 40/100

January 14, 2010
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

In the end, "Bronson" is a beautiful, intense film about a man that may or may not be insane, based on events that might actually have occurred in his life.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B

January 5, 2010
Shawn Levy

Director and co-writer Nicolas Winding Refn strives mightily to match his star crescendo for crescendo, which can be exhausting. But the film is nimble and spare enough to absorb most of the director's outré inspirations.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

November 24, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Itâ(TM)s a meditation on the art of rage -- an action painting passing itself off as an action movie.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2009
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix

Done differently, the cat-and-mouse brawling could get tiresome, but Tom Hardy as Bronson -- with his shaved head, handlebar moustache, and glittering eyes -- is mesmerizing.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2009
Louis Proyect

If you want to spend two hours with a psychopath who loves nothing more than getting naked and brawling with prison guards, this is for you. I prefer vintage Kurosawa.

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November 13, 2009
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

A figure this luridly fascinating, a personality this ludicrously outsized, warrants something more than your typical biopic.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 13, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A stylized portrait of a criminal famous in his native Britain as perhaps the most violent man in Her Majesty's prison system, Bronson serves primarily as a showcase for Tom Hardy's undeniably brilliant performance.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

November 13, 2009
Simon Weaving

Strap yourself in for a jaw-dropping performance from Tom Hardy as he completely inhabits the role of Britain's most notorious prisoner in this highly stylised piece of mischievous cinematic vaudeville.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 12, 2009
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...not a great film but garners a strong performance from its star [Tom Hardy].

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 9, 2009
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Nicolas Winding Refn ("The Pusher" trilogy) takes an experimental approach to the biopic, letting his subject guide the way through his life so far as if it were a piece of performance art.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 9, 2009
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