Bugsy Reviews

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 29, 2014
From James Toback's crackling script to Warren Beatty's electric performance as gangster Ben Siegel, Bugsy is so engrossing that you feel uncharitable mentioning that while splendid in individual scenes, Barry Levinson's movie lacks propulsion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 29, 2014
What finally distinguishes Bugsy from other mob movies is its ever-present sense of the absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2014
Insouciant and flashy, co-producer Beatty is at his best when evoking the narcissistic, show-business side of Siegel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2014
A great deal of the fun of watching this very assured film is seeing with what energetic panache the actor takes on the mantle of the mobster J. Edgar Hoover once called "the most dangerous man in America."
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 29, 2014
The picture belongs, in every sense of the word, to Beatty.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 29, 2014
Most actors give more contained performances as they get older or else they risk self-parody. Beatty, who has always seemed larger than life, gets even larger with age -- and on him it looks good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 29, 2014
Warren Beatty delivers some of his best acting in years as Bugsy Siegel, the gangster responsible for the inception of Las Vegas as we now know it.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2014
Not just another gangster picture, as some had feared. James Toback`s sparkling script as interpreted by director Barry Levinson and producer-star Warren Beatty is both a rare love story between equals and a portrait of a dreamer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Stylish, clever, and fast on its feet, Bugsy is a movie of vast scope and many small pleasures, a lavish, beautifully designed epic that never quite decides what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
An absorbing narrative flow and a parade of colorful underworld characters vie for screen time with an unsatisfactory central romance.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
With a sparklingly witty script (James Toback), classy direction and terrific performances all round, Beatty's return to the fray is his best movie since McCabe and Mrs Miller.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Warren Beatty, who is one of the film's co-producers, has found the role of his career in this sly, evasive schemer with the manipulative instincts of a born ladies' man.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Bugsy is less an indictment of the dark side than a black-comic look at our continuing fascination with it. Even when this powerhouse entertainment trips on its ambitions, you can't shake it off.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Bugsy, the exuberantly elegiac new Barry Levinson film starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, is a great gangster picture, with all the visceral excitement of a classic mob saga. But that's just its jumping-off point.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
There's a loopy madness in Bugsy. Everyone's either giddy, overly cranky or endearingly deranged.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Bugsy moves with a lightness that belies its strength. It is a movie that vibrates with optimism and passion, with the exuberance of the con-man on his game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4