Layer Cake Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 29, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 1, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 20, 2005
I like Layer Cake a lot.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 11, 2005
It's a little bleak, a little twisted, a little gory, and a lot funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 10, 2005
The intricate thing dodges and feints and twists this way and turns that way until, by the time of the alleged resolution, we've lost our bearings completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 3, 2005
It's almost too much to follow, but the style, proven by Ritchie time and again, is irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 2, 2005
It has more heft than the Ritchie movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 2, 2005
A masterly, intricately plotted crime story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 27, 2005
It's a stylish and classic gangster saga about the clashing of rival empires, where the only thing worse than the killer before you is the killer waiting behind him.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 27, 2005
An exercise in high style, high octane and low-key suaveness.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 27, 2005
The film's a diverting enough 105 minutes, with a few surprises in store.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 27, 2005
A gangster film, despite what its title suggests, that ranks with the best of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 27, 2005
Bloody good fun a great deal of the time. Love the accents. Love the guns. Bang-bang.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 27, 2005
May be a worthy successor to a busy genre, but it is not an inventive inheritor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 27, 2005
As good as the story and direction may be, much of the film's success is up to Daniel Craig.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 27, 2005
An appropriately hard-boiled quality runs through the movie, and the cast (from top to bottom) brings its best, putting the frosting on this nasty bit of Layer Cake.
| Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 26, 2005
Layer Cake has sizzle, but it also offers plenty of steak.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 26, 2005
In the end, Layer Cake serves up the just desserts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 20, 2005
The special appeal of Layer Cake derives from its efficient, gripping story and from the personality of the unnamed protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 20, 2005
Craig is fascinating here as a criminal who is very smart, and finds that is not an advantage because while you might be able to figure out what another smart person is about to do, dumbos like the men he works for are likely to do anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 19, 2005
A corrosive confection of style and bile, its gleaming, butter cream-frosted contours not really concealing the crumbs who have curdled British society with their drugs.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
May 19, 2005
[Craig] is a great anti-hero, tough yet vulnerable, conflicted and amused, sincere and scared, without a hint of any of it on his sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 13, 2005
Vaughn's film falls short of Goodfellas, but thanks to his ability to organize a complex story and bold, color-drenched photography by Ben Davis, Layer Cake is a cocked fist of a movie, impossible to ignore.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 13, 2005
Layer Cake is laced with flashbacks and stylistic tics, but it never loses its forward momentum, and to the last shot, it avoids predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 12, 2005
This is one of those movies in which you simply pluck out what there is to entertain you and forget about the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2005
What sets Layer Cake apart from the usual 'Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in' films is a stunningly suave performance by Craig, a top-drawer supporting cast and a dynamic directing debut by producer Matthew Vaughn.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 12, 2005
The newest in British gangland entertainment and the tastiest in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2005
The most crackerjack entertainment I've seen so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2005
Pulses with nasty thugs, cold-blooded crime lords, drug traffickers, blond seductresses, and a thumping suspense that can lead to head-cracking violence.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
February 4, 2005
Craig proves that he's got the strength, sophistication and brawny sex appeal to carry 007's license to kill, if only Hollywood would consider the fair-haired hunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 19, 2004
Smartly put together, with interesting characters and caustic wit.