Don't expect Layer Cake to add any new layers to the overstuffed genre of British gangster movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The film is lamentably short of narrative coherence.
| Original Score: 2/4
While it's visually striking, with superior acting, it's also cluttered with a bewildering collection of characters and plot threads.
| Original Score: 2/5
Pointless and tasteless[!]
| Original Score: C
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.
As choices for a night's entertainment, well, you'd do better with a pint of Bass.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Craig scores, but difficult accents plus uneven cutting are as deadly as the drug trade.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nice look, but there's more promise than delivered goods.
...a flat riff on a tired genre.
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.
| Original Score: 3/10
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.
An overeager debutant director who wants a quick jump to Hollywood.
It's occasionally taut and clever enough to hold audience attention, but ultimately has little substance to accompany its cool exterior.
As a whole, it just seems like we've seen it all before.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
It doesn't seem to be making any point other than 'that's how we do violence in hip crime movies now.'
Layer Cake doesn't offer much that we haven't seen before.
Half-baked--astronomically high in cinematic calories but very low in nutritional value.
Features a plot anyone over 16 has seen at least a dozen times, with slick but completely unoriginal directing by Matthew Vaughn.