Layer Cake Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 3, 2014

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

Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 19, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 2, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
September 1, 2008

A história bem amarrada é beneficiada ainda pelo senso de humor seco e eficaz, ao passo que o elenco confere charme a um bando de personagens inescrupulosos e a direção de Vaughn, associada à inventiva montagem, torna o filme sempre instigante.

| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

[A] fun, snappy crime caper that begins with a wryly understated take on the "one-last-job-and-I'm-out" subgenre.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 10, 2006

Intense story about low-level organized crime figures embroiled in a deadly conspiracy.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
November 17, 2005

protagonist's narration puts the film's complex plot into much broader economic, political and cultural context.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 7, 2005

A smart thrill ride with one magnificent finish.

| Original Score: A-
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
August 23, 2005

Fun stuff indeed, even if you might need the subtitles to help decipher all the Britspeak.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 28, 2005

It does nothing revolutionary, but it handles the basics with entertaining aplomb.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 8, 2005

Just following what is going on is a big job, but the film has its rewards.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dan Chant
FilmFocus
July 5, 2005

Clean, crisp and gratifying, you'd be hard pressed to find a better British film this year.

Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
July 5, 2005

Layer Cake is not the most original or memorable picture in the world, but it's a great calling card for Vaughn.

Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
June 27, 2005

This is one of the few movies for which I can't tell you the name of the "hero."

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 21, 2005

It's nothing we haven't seen before, but Vaughn invests it with enough style and energy to make it worth the trip.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
June 20, 2005

I like Layer Cake a lot.

Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
June 19, 2005

...a delicious crime melodrama, with colorful characters, lots of action and violence, double and triple crosses, and a few fresh surprises of its own.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 15, 2005

...Michael Vaughn, has cooked up a tasty treat in his directorial debut, somewhere between Mike Hodges' cool and Guy Ritchie's out-of-control Smoking Barrels.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
June 14, 2005

It's occasionally taut and clever enough to hold audience attention, but ultimately has little substance to accompany its cool exterior.

Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
June 14, 2005

Crime caper in the style of Guy Ritchie, but better.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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