Mona Lisa (1986)

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Bob Hoskins plays George, a tough but basically goodhearted British mob flunky, recently released from prison, where he'd served a term to cover up for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Still willing to be everyone's doormat, George agrees to act as chauffeur for Simone (Cathy Tyson), a haughty, high-priced call girl. They don't like each other at first, but George begins to fall for her and take a protective interest. She implores him to help her find her only truly friend, a prostitute named … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama , Romance , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Leland, Neil Jordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2001
Runtime:
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Cast


as George

as Mortwell

as Anderson

as Cathy

as Jeannie

as Dudley

as Roberts

as Carpenter

as Flower Shop Girl

as Girl in Paradise Clu...

as Wig Girl in Club

as Hotel Clerk

as Hotel Punter

as Peep Show Girl

as Porn shop Man

as Shop Assistant

as Arab Servant

as Bath Attendant

as Waiter

as Brighton Busker

as Brighton Busker

as Brighton Busker
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Critic Reviews for Mona Lisa

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6)

No wonder audiences have taken to this gritty romance as to a mongrel puppy; for at heart Mona Lisa is an old-fashioned poor-soul weepie, and George is less a Cagney rakehell than a Chaplin tramp.

Full Review… | April 20, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Skillfully combines comedy and thriller, romance and sleaze.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

A wonderful achievement, a dark film with a generous heart in the shape of an extraordinarily touching performance from Hoskins.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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It's like watching the departure of an ocean liner. After all of the initial excitement, you're left on the dock, alone, wondering what all the fuss was about.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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In an era when movies about love almost always invariably devolve into formulaic affairs, Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa stands out as an often-surprising, multi-layered achievement.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

The movie's ending is a little too neat for my taste. But in a movie like this, everything depends on atmosphere and character, and Mona Lisa knows exactly what it is doing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mona Lisa

½

A riveting, intelligently scripted drama concerning an ex-con (Bob Hoskins) fresh out of prison, who picks up a job as a driver for a high-priced prostitute (Cathy Tyson), who he eventually becomes infatuated with to the point where he makes a concerted effort to track down a close friend of hers that she lost in the dangerous business. An extremely well-paced, arresting tale full of twists, anchored by a ferocious, phenomenal performance from the always under-rated Hoskins makes this film a gem. The story is terrifically written, with a realistic, heart-wrenching twist in the midst of it all. While director Neil Jordan gets noted mostly for the well-done "The Crying Game", to me, this is the best movie he has done, at least that of what I have seen. Michael Caine is also great in a slimy turn against the types of characters he usually plays, and he pulls it off well, but this movie is mainly all Hoskins.

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Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Many consider this the British Taxi Driver. A bit of a simplification as it deals with a man who gets involved with the underworld of underage girls and prostitution. Mona Lisa is much more a romance set against a backdrop of criminal violence. Bob Hoskins stars in his greatest role ever. Just out of prison, he gets a job driving around a high class call girl. They develop a working relationship of trust and soon Hoskins is asked to track down a missing girl. Hoskins is so perfect in this role. You can easily see him as a gruff and mean gangster, but he adds a vulnerability which serves the romantic angle so well. He also has an endearing childlike naivety. Hoskins has great chemistry with everyone from Michael Caines villainous Mortwell, to his conversations about crime novels with Robbie Coltrane. The soundtrack is ace, with the opening and closing lyrics to Mona Lisa being all about interpretation, which this film certainly asks you to find your own. Director Neil Jordan litters scenes with which allude to fantasy stories, a white rabbit here, performing dwarfs there, etc. The dialogue is funny, the relationships emotional, and the themes disturbing. It's the full package and almost unique in its tone.

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Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

½

Edgy, but in a polite, British sort of way. Bob Hoskins is absolutely spot-on (as usual).

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Randy Tippy

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