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London Boulevard (2011)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 28

In spite of its spotless pedigree and a strong sense of visual style, London Boulevard stumbles over its frenetic pace and crowded, clichéd plot.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

In spite of its spotless pedigree and a strong sense of visual style, London Boulevard stumbles over its frenetic pace and crowded, clichéd plot.



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The directorial debut of William Monahan, the screenwriter of The Departed, London Boulevard follows an ex-con trying to make a fresh start in a relationship with a reclusive actress. A sexy, stylish gangster thriller bristling with wit and brutal intrigue, London Boulevard stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley as star-crossed lovers who run afoul of one of London's most vicious crime bosses. -- (C) IFC


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

William Monahan, Ken Bruen

Feb 21, 2012


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A stylish if familiar tale of a man hopelessly entangled in his past.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A movie is more than dialogue and a soundtrack. And direction is a lot more than making sure all your favorite parts of your own script make it to the screen intact.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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In trying to take a bite out of crime and another out of fame, [Monahan has] ended up with more than he can chew for his first time in the director's chair.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Monahan's trademark tart dialogue is as strong as ever, and Farrell and Winstone make for a formidable pair of opponents.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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There is too much to be absorbed in too little time and not enough tissue connecting abbreviated, sometimes unnecessary subplots.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Had the film stood still more often, its stylish gambit would have worked better.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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As gangster thrillers go, this one is a ripper. William Monahan, Oscar-winning screenwriter for The Departed (2006) has adapted Ken Bruen's book in great style and directs his top cast adroitly

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

There are all kinds of weirdo supporting players and the requisite amount of bloody killing scenes, but it doesn't add up to much and London Boulevard just feels like its trying to hard to be edgy.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source:

This crime story smacks of all-too-familiar elements and is told with a blandly straightforward approach.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley make a dynamite pairing.

December 3, 2011 Full Review Source: OK! Magazine
OK! Magazine

Screenwriter William Monahan trades in South Boston for South London, only to discover he forgot to pack his A to Z.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The confidence of London Boulevard never tips into cockiness. This is style with some intelligence behind it.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline

Knightley does an adequate job and fans of Farrell, while they might admire his performance, will probably be disappointed with the overall film.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: NY1-TV

A great cast and an intriguing premise are crowded out by a surplus of plot threads that don't have space to play out, and accordingly come across as clichés.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Flawed but impressively executed, the movie has a distinct reverberation that holds the formula together, making the mean business of unlawful behavior convincing in the face of absolute predictability.

November 9, 2011 Full Review Source:

Has the kind of edge that too few movies allow themselves...handled with skill and a blend of wit and suspense.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Equally indebted to Martin Scorsese, Guy Ritchie, and Giorgio Armani, London Boulevard represents the apotheosis of style over substance.

November 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

By far too stylized, the film loses itself in this would-be "dynamic visual" style over content and coherence.

October 23, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for London Boulevard

The most lethargic Gangster film ever made. Contrary to the inclusion of Sanjeev Bhaskar and Ben Chaplin and Anna Friel's performances, it's not a comedy either. It's long, boring, not frightening when it's supposed to be neither thrilling when it should be. Ray Winstone plays the least scary bad guy ever and Colin Farrell the least convincing Gangster ever, let alone a Cockney one. Then you have David Thewlis and Eddie Marsan doing not very much at all, I can only assume they were hired because they are popular right now and have loyal fans - it's the only reason I watched anyway. Forgettable to the point where I've forgotten what film it is I'm reviewing.
May 10, 2013

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Geez, not only is this movie incomprehensible, but it's not worth comprehending. It is boring me out of my skull at 48 minutes in. But then it's Colin Farrell AND Keira Knightley -- with the affected "e" before the "y." So, in fact, only an idiot would rent this -- which must be me.
June 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

I genuinly did not understand this movie!
It was the most confused and poorly written script that just lacked everything! You have some of the best names in the business and the reason as to why they would participate in such a poorly written and directed movie is beyond me! Wouldnt waste my time watching!
May 3, 2012
Film Crazy

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Oscar winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) decides to take a spin in the director's chair, and the result is London Boulevard, a slick and stylish British crime thriller (with a fair amount of humor) about a recently paroled convict named Mitchel who tries to go straight. The only honest living he can find for himself is working as a bodyguard and handyman for a recluaive actress and painter named Charlotte...whom he also begins a romance with. Things start off well enough for him, but the pressures of both his wild friend Billy and the offers of a top mob figure named Gant make it really hard for Mitchel to settle down.

Taking cues from a few other directors, namely Scorsese, Monahan delivers up a fun and entertaining little film filled with common elements from criem cinema, such as witty banter, cool cinematography and editing, and some fantastic needle drops. It's a fun and well meaning film, just not all that original. As a first time director, he does well enough I suppose, but overall there's nothing all that distinguishable about this film.

The cast are fine, and they give some decent performances, though there's not much chemistry between Farrell and Knightley. David Thewlis steals the show as Charlotte's handler Jordan, and he's probably the best part of the film. Clearly he should have been the focus. Ray Winstone of course is awesome and menacing, and he helps the film, but it's too bad the script is kinda muddled and doesn't add up to much.

I'm a sucker for cool music and camera work and that sort of thing, and even though that stuff works decently here, it's not enough for me to bump this up a notch, even though the younger less cinematically educated me would have given this a really high score. All in all, an okay film, but not what it could be.
April 18, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

    1. Dr. Raju: I would like to see your sister Mitchell with your permission.
    2. Mitchel: Sanjay, it's a free country!
    – Submitted by Ehsan T (2 years ago)
    1. Mitchel: You don't want me to be a gangster. Nobody want's me to be a gangster, 'cause I could not stop if I started.
    2. Mitchel: You'd be the first to die.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Charlotte: If I fell in love with you, what would you do about it?
    2. Mitchel: Everything.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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