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London Boulevard Reviews

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 16, 2012
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2./4

March 9, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

January 30, 2012
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley make a dynamite pairing.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 3, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A stylish if familiar tale of a man hopelessly entangled in his past.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2011
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 11, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

November 11, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 11, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 11, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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There is too much to be absorbed in too little time and not enough tissue connecting abbreviated, sometimes unnecessary subplots.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 10, 2011
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline

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

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 8/10

November 10, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Had the film stood still more often, its stylish gambit would have worked better.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

November 10, 2011
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV

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

Full Review Source: NY1-TV

November 10, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

November 10, 2011
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B-

November 9, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Close this street down.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 8, 2011
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Monahan's debut has verve and charisma, but, in the end, the tension of a late-night pub shrug.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 8, 2011
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

November 8, 2011
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 23, 2011
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