Gangster No. 1 Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009

Despite some really good performances especially from Bettany, this is a pretty terrible movie...

Dan Fazio
Citysearch
September 16, 2003

A stylish, confused and insanely violent gangster drama from a first-time Brit director.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003

...cool shots do not a riveting film make.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003

. . .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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 8, 2002

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Kermode
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002

It's a handsomely ugly affair, well dressed enough to make a few friends, but tough enough to make just as many enemies.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

McGuigan has assembled a stellar all-British cast in which there are no weak links.

David Cornelius
Hollywood Bitchslap
October 3, 2002

Malcolm McDowell is cool. Paul Bettany is cool. Paul Bettany playing Malcolm McDowell? Cool.

| Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 27, 2002

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.

Paul Salfen
Supercala.com
September 13, 2002

If you can stomach the rough content, it's worth checking out for the performances alone.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone
TheMovieChicks.com
September 13, 2002

Paul Bettany is good at being the ultra-violent gangster wannabe, but the movie is certainly not number 1.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
September 12, 2002

Director Paul McGuigan and cast infuse the proceedings with a strong dose of psychotic gusto and visual flare.

Full Review | Original Score: B
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 6, 2002

A prolonged extrusion of psychopathic pulp.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 26, 2002

Glizty but formulaic and silly...Cagney's 'top of the world' has been replaced by the bottom of the barrel.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 23, 2002

A film divided into past and present sections that are ridiculously disparate.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 26, 2002

In an Oscar caliber performance, Bettany plays an explosive character who spends most of the time repressing an evil grin.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 26, 2002

It's fascinating to see how Bettany and McDowell play off each other.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
July 26, 2002

Doesn't offer much besides glib soullessness, raunchy language and a series of brutal set pieces ... that raise the bar on stylized screen violence.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
July 26, 2002

...two brilliantly vile performances by two sublimely in-sync actors.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
July 19, 2002

Clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie.

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