Despite some really good performances especially from Bettany, this is a pretty terrible movie...
A stylish, confused and insanely violent gangster drama from a first-time Brit director.
| Original Score: 6/10
...cool shots do not a riveting film make.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
. . .captures the kinetic quality of the 60s with jump-action pacing, groovy camera angles and the occasional split screen treatment that never crosses the line into camp.
| Original Score: 4/5
It certainly feels unique, and sets itself apart from most American gangster films in its stark refusal to paint the lead gangster as likable or indeed anything other than the vicious socio-psychopath he is.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's a handsomely ugly affair, well dressed enough to make a few friends, but tough enough to make just as many enemies.
McGuigan has assembled a stellar all-British cast in which there are no weak links.
Malcolm McDowell is cool. Paul Bettany is cool. Paul Bettany playing Malcolm McDowell? Cool.
| Original Score: 3/4
Not as well-written as Sexy Beast, not as gloriously flippant as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but stylish and moody and exceptionally well-acted.
If you can stomach the rough content, it's worth checking out for the performances alone.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
Paul Bettany is good at being the ultra-violent gangster wannabe, but the movie is certainly not number 1.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Director Paul McGuigan and cast infuse the proceedings with a strong dose of psychotic gusto and visual flare.
| Original Score: B
A prolonged extrusion of psychopathic pulp.
Glizty but formulaic and silly...Cagney's 'top of the world' has been replaced by the bottom of the barrel.
| Original Score: D
A film divided into past and present sections that are ridiculously disparate.
| Original Score: 2/4
In an Oscar caliber performance, Bettany plays an explosive character who spends most of the time repressing an evil grin.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's fascinating to see how Bettany and McDowell play off each other.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Doesn't offer much besides glib soullessness, raunchy language and a series of brutal set pieces ... that raise the bar on stylized screen violence.
...two brilliantly vile performances by two sublimely in-sync actors.
| Original Score: 3/4
Clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie.