Gangster No. 1 Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 31, 2002
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
Clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 19, 2002
The film has a kind of hard, cold effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2002
Gangster No. 1 is solid, satisfying fare for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 14, 2002
They crush each other under cars, throw each other out windows, electrocute and dismember their victims in full consciousness. And we don't avert our eyes for a moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
June 14, 2002
It's more than a rip-off of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but less than the Pulp Fiction-esque genre-bender it aspires to be.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
June 13, 2002
Certainly the performances are worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 13, 2002
Seeks to transcend its genre with a curiously stylized, quasi-Shakespearean portrait of pure misogynist evil.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2002
A canny, derivative, wildly gruesome portrait of a London sociopath who's the scariest of sadists.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 11, 2002
As happily glib and vicious as its characters.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2002
Just watch Bettany strut his stuff. You'll know a star when you see one.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 27, 2001
A movie that hovers somewhere between an acute character study and a trite power struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4