Layer Cake (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Layer Cake (2005)



Critic Consensus: A stylized, electric British crime thriller.

Movie Info

Just as a successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, eyes an early retirement from the business, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings.more
Rating: R (for strong brutal violence, sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: J.J. Connolly
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 23, 2005
Box Office: $2.3M
Sony Classics - Official Site


Kenneth Cranham
as Jimmy Price
Michael Gambon
as Eddie Temple
Tom Hardy
as Clarkie
Francis Magee
as Paul the Boatman
Darren Healy
as Junkie 1
Matthew Ryan
as Junkie 2
Ivan Kaye
as Freddie Hurst
Ben Brasier
as Jerry (Kilburn)
Budgie Prewitt
as Golf Host
Don McCorkindale
as Albert Carter
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Critic Reviews for Layer Cake

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (39)

I like Layer Cake a lot.

Full Review… | June 20, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's a little bleak, a little twisted, a little gory, and a lot funny.

Full Review… | June 11, 2005
Top Critic

The film is lamentably short of narrative coherence.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A heavyweight gangster picture worthy of being included in with the greats.

Full Review… | March 3, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Only the accents are thicker than double-crosses in a thriller that's stylish and sleek - note lyrically appropriate use of Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" in one sequence - but also assuredly delirious, ethically hefty and unpredictably treacherous.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

"Layer Cake" is a stylized British noir full of clever twists, biting dialogue, and plenty of ironic violence.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009

Audience Reviews for Layer Cake


Along with Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn is the probably the second biggest director from the UK at the moment with some huge films under his belt, he is also the British gangster film maker of our modern age along with Mr Ritchie having made 'Lock Stock' and 'Snatch' together.

Those two films pretty much flash started the British gangster/underworld flicks back into being and created a whole load of copies in film style and imagery. 'Layer Cake' is Vaughn's attempt without his partner in crime (pun intended) and you can obviously see how that collaboration has rubbed off on him.

The film is pretty much like 'Lock Stock' and 'Snatch' and could almost be the third in a trilogy really, the plot is a hotpot of subplots wrapped around one main plot which all intertwine and work off each other well. Although its very familiar by now in visuals, dialog and concept its still somehow good fun to watch hardcases, fumbling crooks and foul mouthed crime lords all batter each other trying to get money/drugs/women/guns or the other.

It really is nothing new after the last two big Ritchie films it has to be said with virtually the same cast yet again, bar Vinnie Jones, the same outcomes and the same kind of violence all topped off with outrageously harsh cockney accents. Craig fits in quite well with this world as the well spoken sensible dealer and he does a good job unlike his usual wooden pouting performances, you do want him to win the day and its nice to see someone play a role in these types of films without a whole load of attitude and mouth.

Don't expect anything new to the genre with this as its the same again from Vaughn but its neater, tighter and not as ludicrous as the previous big two Brit gangster flicks, its still a lairy little sod of flick though, bosh! 

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Stylish, energetic, but overall run-of-the-mill crime thriller, with a convoluted twisty plot and too many characters, which might be a good thing for fans of "Snatch", but I found it more manipulative and confusing than deep and engaging.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer


A kinetic and razor sharp crime-thriller. It packs style and brains. It's got the style of Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels, Resivor dogs and Goodfellas. It`s wild, fresh, stylish and frequently funny. It's brilliant, gripping, compelling and electrifying. Gangster films don't get any better than this. One endlessly cool flick that has you thinking right till the end. You'll be intrigued, thrilled and amused and definitely entertained. A pure and wickedly awesome adrenaline rush. A unique, clever, intelligent, hard-boiled and hard-edged flick that will have you on the edge of your seat. Director, Matthew Vaughn crafts a near perfect crime film and is a wonderful directional debut. Daniel Craig gives a sensational performance.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Layer Cake Quotes

Morty: [XXXX is beaten and bloodied on the ground] You killed crazy Larry?
Gene: So? This fucker killed Jimmy! [kicks XXXX in the chest]
XXXX: Oh. Jesus Christ!
Morty: [grabs XXXX by his shirt] Why did you do it?
XXXX: He was an informer! He was a police informer!
Gene: Jimmy, a grass? Are you fucking mad? You'll have to do better than that.
XXXX: I've got a recording at home, of Jimmy and a cozzer called Albie Carter.
Morty: Gene, let's listen to this shit. If he's lying, we'll both fucking kill him.
– Submitted by David O (4 years ago)
XXXX: [answering his phone] Who is this?
Dragan: My name is Dragan.
XXXX: How did you get this number?
Dragan: Boatman Paul gave me your number, in the end.I believe you have some property that belongs to my employer and you're the person I should talk to about the return of this cargo stolen by your associate, the Duke.
XXXX: Dragan, the Duke is nothing to do with me.
Dragan: Mr. Duke came to Amsterdam, used your name, said he worked for you. Are you listening?
XXXX: Dragan... I've got an idea. Why don't you come round for breakfast, I'll squeeze some orange juice and grind some coffee and we'll talk about this like adults, how does that sound?
Dragan: Sounds very hospitable.
XXXX: Do you know where I live?
Dragan: No.
XXXX: Well fuck off then. [hangs up]
– Submitted by David O (4 years ago)
Morty: Why did you keep the gun?
Gene: Silly as sounds, but it was me favorite.
Morty: I hope you don't tell your other guns that you have a favorite. [Gene and XXXX laugh]
– Submitted by David O (4 years ago)
Cody: [impersonating a police captain] Is the area now secure?
Tiptoes: Yes sir.
Cody: Well you can fuck off then, can't you?
– Submitted by David O (4 years ago)

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