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Layer Cake Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Don't expect Layer Cake to add any new layers to the overstuffed genre of British gangster movies.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 26, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The film is lamentably short of narrative coherence.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

June 10, 2005
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

While it's visually striking, with superior acting, it's also cluttered with a bewildering collection of characters and plot threads.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2/5

October 19, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pointless and tasteless[!]

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

June 4, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 10, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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As choices for a night's entertainment, well, you'd do better with a pint of Bass.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 13, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Craig scores, but difficult accents plus uneven cutting are as deadly as the drug trade.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2005

Nice look, but there's more promise than delivered goods.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a flat riff on a tired genre.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

June 9, 2005
Tony Medley

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/10

May 8, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

June 3, 2005
Stuart Wood

An overeager debutant director who wants a quick jump to Hollywood.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2005
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

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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June 14, 2005
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat

As a whole, it just seems like we've seen it all before.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 1, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 12, 2005
Fred Topel

It doesn't seem to be making any point other than 'that's how we do violence in hip crime movies now.'

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May 12, 2005
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Layer Cake doesn't offer much that we haven't seen before.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Half-baked--astronomically high in cinematic calories but very low in nutritional value.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

May 17, 2005
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

Features a plot anyone over 16 has seen at least a dozen times, with slick but completely unoriginal directing by Matthew Vaughn.

Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2005
Bob Mondello
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