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
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
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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
Stephanie Zacharek
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
Brian Orndorf
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-
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.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 3, 2011
Given the talent involved, it should have been better, but I still wanted to see how it all turned out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 21, 2011
It at times dabbles too often in crime cliches - as though written by someone coming off of a Sopranos box-set bender - but it is also uncomfortably tense and unsettlingly brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 11, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
November 30, 2010
Hard-boiled crime yarn with Irish wit, colorful characters and considerable style.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 29, 2010
An unexpected pleasure, bringing some punchy Hollywood professionalism to a traduced genre.
David Sexton
This is London
November 29, 2010
As a pastiche of so many previous gangster movies, it's lazily enjoyable. But it doesn't repay any thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 29, 2010
Thanks to a top-notch cast, which also features Thewlis as a stoned luvvie and Friel as Mitchel's sluttish sot of a sister, plus a wry script, this stands head and shoulders above recent geezer fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
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
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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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
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