London Boulevard Reviews

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 16, 2012
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
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
March 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2./4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 30, 2012
This crime story smacks of all-too-familiar elements and is told with a blandly straightforward approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
December 3, 2011
Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley make a dynamite pairing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 22, 2011
A stylish if familiar tale of a man hopelessly entangled in his past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
November 11, 2011
Screenwriter William Monahan trades in South Boston for South London, only to discover he forgot to pack his A to Z.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 11, 2011
Monahan's trademark tart dialogue is as strong as ever, and Farrell and Winstone make for a formidable pair of opponents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 10, 2011
There is too much to be absorbed in too little time and not enough tissue connecting abbreviated, sometimes unnecessary subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
November 10, 2011
The confidence of London Boulevard never tips into cockiness. This is style with some intelligence behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 10, 2011
Had the film stood still more often, its stylish gambit would have worked better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV
November 10, 2011
Knightley does an adequate job and fans of Farrell, while they might admire his performance, will probably be disappointed with the overall film.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
November 10, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 9, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Fear
Time Out
November 8, 2011
Close this street down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 8, 2011
Monahan's debut has verve and charisma, but, in the end, the tension of a late-night pub shrug.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
November 8, 2011
Has the kind of edge that too few movies allow themselves...handled with skill and a blend of wit and suspense.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
November 7, 2011
Equally indebted to Martin Scorsese, Guy Ritchie, and Giorgio Armani, London Boulevard represents the apotheosis of style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 23, 2011
By far too stylized, the film loses itself in this would-be "dynamic visual" style over content and coherence.
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