Dom is effusive with self-destructive charisma, the kind of loose cannon you'd follow into an all-night bender in spite of your better judgment.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
You don't so much care where Dom is going as how he's getting there, and he's getting there loud.
| Original Score: B
"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.
| Original Score: 3/4
The title character of this florid crime comedy could be an escapee from a Tarantino script, all flashy character traits and verbal overkill.
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).
While Law bellows blasphemous poetry, his director orchestrates a noirish light show with a cockeyed rhythm.
Dom Hemingway suffers from a meandering narrative and inconsistent comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The kind of crime flick where the characters volley dialogue like furious ping-pong players, riffing with delight, their lines ripe with pulpy metaphor.
"Dom Hemingway" isn't about story. It's about Jude Law as a force of nature, and that turns out to be a very entertaining diversion.
Shepard ... has his hero puff himself up, repeatedly, only to be drastically deflated, revealing the pitifulness of his braggadocio.
Dom's adventures make for a pretty thin garment in which to cloth such an outsize antihero.
The real star here is writer-director Richard Shepard, who pumps enough comic juice into the story to revive its shopworn premise of a career criminal hitting the streets again after years in the can.
Dom Hemingway is mainly a one-man show. But it's a hoot to watch Jude Law sink his teeth into such a despicable character ...
The material, limited payoff; the performer at the center, never less than arresting.
Law, saying farewell to his youthful good looks (Dom has scars and a little too much weight), makes this hyper-articulate ruffian the most intricately soulful character in current movies.
Dom Hemingway is an uneven movie, to be sure ... but it's still hard to resist.
The movie keeps crashing into crude shtick, cliché, and mawkishness.
An amusing tale of vengeance, debauchery and redemption told stylishly by writer-director Richard Shepard.
Almost every line is delivered with such overwrought bombast, just inches at times from the camera, you may feel a need to dodge the spittle.
Dom Hemingway is often ghoulishly funny, with Law, who put on weight for the role and plays up his receding hairline, turning in a larger-than-life performance unlike any he's given before.
The real amazement of Dom Hemingway is that, as written and directed by Richard Shepard, the movie picks up this snarling hooligan and treats him like a character out of Shakespeare.
| Original Score: A
This pointless study of a witless character is a sad waste of Law's talents.
| Original Score: 1/4
Going bald is the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law.
| Original Score: C
There's so little to appreciate in Dom that it's hard to figure out why we're watching a movie about him at all.
| Original Score: 1/5
Far from being a breakthrough, "Dom Hemingway" is more of a breakdown, a loose, loud, haphazard collection of parts - and not one of them worthy of the praise Dom heaps so generously on his own.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
"Dom Hemingway" is a bright, shiny bauble with next to no lasting power.
Jude Law put on 30 pounds to play this slimeball. But the weightier question is, why would he bother to take this worn-out role, at any size?
There are only so many scenes anyone can take of Jude Law (never suited to the geezer role) strutting down streets shooting his gob off.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dom Hemingway gives [Jude Law] a chance to sink his teeth into one of the meatiest personalities in a genre known for larger-that-life types.
A marvelous lead character, and Jude Law, a little puffier and hairier than usual, turns in a career best performance.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
A wannabe outrageous gangster saga seems patched together from spare genre parts from a generation ago.