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Layer Cake Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 26, 2005
Don't expect Layer Cake to add any new layers to the overstuffed genre of British gangster movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 10, 2005
The film is lamentably short of narrative coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 19, 2004
While it's visually striking, with superior acting, it's also cluttered with a bewildering collection of characters and plot threads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 4, 2005
Pointless and tasteless[!]
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 10, 2005
What's abundantly clear is how far this kind of moviemaking has come from any knowledge of real criminal life; it's a geek's ineffectual daydream of mayhem.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 13, 2005
As choices for a night's entertainment, well, you'd do better with a pint of Bass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 20, 2005
A propulsive drug-world movie that dutifully covers similar ground in and around London: guns, chicks, inventive use of the F word, expensive-looking locations, designer stuff, and so on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 4, 2005
Craig scores, but difficult accents plus uneven cutting are as deadly as the drug trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2005
Nice look, but there's more promise than delivered goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 9, 2005
...a flat riff on a tired genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
May 8, 2005
Confusing...befuddling...too long. With a different script and a different director this might have worked...But, then, that would have been a completely different movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 3, 2005
It's not that Vaughn bites off more than he can chew. It's that we've seen these unsavory characters so many times before that they've gone stale.
Stuart Wood
April 4, 2005
An overeager debutant director who wants a quick jump to Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
June 14, 2005
It's occasionally taut and clever enough to hold audience attention, but ultimately has little substance to accompany its cool exterior.
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Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
February 1, 2005
As a whole, it just seems like we've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2005
Like just about every British crime picture of the last decade, it's stacked with gentlemen gangsters in Saville Row suits, blockheaded yobs with names like Kinky, Tiptoes and the Duke, and a disposable caper scenario.
Fred Topel
May 12, 2005
It doesn't seem to be making any point other than 'that's how we do violence in hip crime movies now.'
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
May 13, 2005
Layer Cake doesn't offer much that we haven't seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 17, 2005
Half-baked--astronomically high in cinematic calories but very low in nutritional value.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
May 20, 2005
Features a plot anyone over 16 has seen at least a dozen times, with slick but completely unoriginal directing by Matthew Vaughn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Leslie Felperin
July 29, 2008

Boston Phoenix
May 21, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
July 29, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 1, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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