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Dom Hemingway (2014)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 43

Jude Law is clearly having fun in Dom Hemingway's title role, but viewers may find this purposely abrasive gangster dramedy isn't quite as enjoyable from the other side of the screen.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 11

Jude Law is clearly having fun in Dom Hemingway's title role, but viewers may find this purposely abrasive gangster dramedy isn't quite as enjoyable from the other side of the screen.



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Jude Law plays DOM HEMINGWAY, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the


Drama, Comedy

Richard Shepard


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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (43)

You don't so much care where Dom is going as how he's getting there, and he's getting there loud.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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"Dom Hemingway" has two terrific things going for it: snappy dialogue (I was quite fond of the accusation "You disrespected my cat") and Law, who's both funny and scary in equal measures.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The title character of this florid crime comedy could be an escapee from a Tarantino script, all flashy character traits and verbal overkill.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Dom Hemingway is often viciously funny, and every time you think the movie has run out of steam, Shepard spins things in a new direction, keeping the energy from flagging (including one of the most startling car crashes I've ever seen in a film).

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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While Law bellows blasphemous poetry, his director orchestrates a noirish light show with a cockeyed rhythm.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Dom Hemingway suffers from a meandering narrative and inconsistent comedy.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Jude Law shines, disappearing into the lead role of what ends up being a rowdy and giddy blend of style and attitude.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Great performance by Law in a character study where there is too much anti and not enough hero.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source:

The movie never sets. It feels completely gelatinous and formless, but that doesn't mean Law isn't fun to watch.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source:

If "Dom Hemingway" was a car, it would need to get its transmission fixed. It hums along for a while, but it's clunky when it switches gears.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

Ultimately, "Dom Hemingway" is a missed opportunity.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Though it's nothing more than a lark, it's one more engaging than most.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Riding the material like a rodeo cowboy, Jude Law's starring performance is a true sight, often saving the picture from cliche with his magnificent impression of a human wrecking ball.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source:

The actual character development becomes a subplot rather than the focus of the story, with the main thrust of Dom Hemingway being a caricature.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Law's committed performance is the biggest selling point for the inconsistent movie.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Jude Law is hilarious in a comedy that starts raucous, but doesn't have the guts to stay that way.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

More entertaining than the Guy Ritchie ripoff it initially resembles.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian

It's a full-on career rebirth for Jude Law.

April 15, 2014 Full Review Source: amNewYork

Like the rambling speech that opens Dom Hemingway, Richard Shepard's initially amusing, genre-less piece of filmmaking tragically expends its virtues thin by about the 30-minute mark.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

There's no escaping the realization this is a bad movie.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Jude Law gives perhaps his best-ever performance here... He's an absolutely rotten person, and perhaps even unredeemable, but his high moments inspire giddy laughter, and his low moments earn real sympathy.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Dom Hemingway

Jude Law is Dom Hemingway and you're not.

Great Film! Really enjoyed it! The lasting impression is the tremendous energy of the script and Jude Law it could really be a stage play in places, it is not often these days that movies create energy through an excellent script, rather than energy by effects, this does. Dom Hemingway avoids squeamish violence in the main and goes for the jugular in its script instead - it even has more than a touch of pathos admid the insanity. All in all, if you like films with some style, real laughs, and energy - and crude craziness - then this fits the bill better than most.

After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed.
April 10, 2014
Manu Gino

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March 30, 2014
Directors Cat
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All Dom Hemingway(Jude Law) wants after spending twelve years in prison for keeping his mouth shut is to be paid what he is owed for his last job. Spending three nights with two prostitutes is not a half bad downpayment, however, even if he hardly survives the experience. Back to the business at hand, Dom and his best friend Dickie(Richard E. Grant) travel to France to meet with Fontaine(Demian Bichir) to collect the rest. And everything goes well until Dom hits on Paolina(Madalina Ghenea), Fontaine's girlfriend, thus putting everybody's life in danger.

Since we never get to see it up close, it is hard to say whether Dom is right when he says that his penis deserves a monument on the Washington Mall.(Or the closest equivalent.) What I do know for sure is that everything that happens in "Dom Hemingway" is because of said penis. And as fun as the movie can be, that's pretty much it, as it is so improbable at times that it is on the verge of magic realism, ending on a rather abrupt note. Admittedly, Jude Law is quite good in an unselfconscious performance that has less to do with the paunch and male pattern baldness than with him playing a grandfather. But we've seen better. That leaves it for Richard E. Grant to steal the movie out from under him just with his greatly bemused reactions.
April 14, 2014
Walter M.

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Sometimes, knowing someone and their aptitude for integrating themselves (no matter with good or bad results, as both can be equally entertaining) into society and the world around them is an exhilarating and interesting enough reason to hang out with them, to spend time with them. Despite the fact these tendencies may or may not become annoying or too much to look past when actually having to deal with the repercussions these actions provide they almost always give way to a few good stories to tell your actual set of friends when you sit down to share a drink and a meal with them where that time spent together is about the conversation and not about the presumed antics you'll encounter because of the domineering traits that make each encounter an adventure with the friend of another set. Some will classify this as simply being two different kinds of people: the thinkers and the doers. The thinkers sitting around watching, speculating while the actions of the doers provide content for those conversations. Much of watching film and critiquing or dissecting it makes the world feel like it squarely fits into these categories, but there are no absolutes and every person, no matter their domineering traits or tendencies will always have experiences in both of these types of situations and yet with Dom Hemingway we get as close as we probably ever will to both processing the antics of our titular character as we take them in while also feeling a part of the excursion because of how much was clearly put into the development of Hemingway, not only in the script and the way he was written, but of course and likely more critically in the way he was brought to life by Jude Law. Law, as the boozed out, drug-addled Englishman has seemingly subdued his classic good looks in every possible way to bring as much grit and grime to the presence of Hemingway to the point we don't doubt the man has dirt under his nails that's been there the entire time he kept his mouth shut in prison. It is a shame the actual film can't keep up with the character, because the energy that flows through Law's blood-shot eyes and out of his saliva-slinging mouth is pure electric.

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April 10, 2014
Philip Price

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