Sexy Beast (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sexy Beast (2000)



Critic Consensus: Sexy Beast rises above other movies in the British gangster genre due to its performances -- particularly an electrifying one by Ben Kingsley -- and the script's attention to character development.

Movie Info

Gary (Ray Winstone) is a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy to put his life of crime behind him, he has retired with his wife Deedee (Amanda Redman) to the sunny bliss of rural Spain, where he lives an idyllic life with his family and a few close friends. But Gary's contentment is ruptured by an unwelcome visitor from his past -- Don (Ben Kingsley), a former associate who has been hired to assemble a team of criminals to rob a heavily guarded bank. Don wants Gary in on the job, and is less than pleased by Gary's unwillingness to volunteer his services. What ensues is a battle of wills between the two men, with Don intimidating, prodding, and manipulating his onetime friend to get what he wants, forever changing the lives of those around him in the process. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovimore
Rating: R (for pervasive language, strong violence and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Louis Mellis, David Scinto
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2002
Box Office: $6.0M
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Ben Kingsley
as Don Logan
Ian McShane
as Teddy Bass
James Fox
as Harry
Gerard Barray
as Spanish Official
Jose Ma Cano Ramos
as Felipe's Friend 1
Ana Maldonado Herrer...
as Maruja/Matronly Woma...
Jose Lopez Carrillo
as Felipe's Friend 2
Rocky Taylor
as Raymond
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Critic Reviews for Sexy Beast

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (34)

The talented Glazer keeps things crisp, clean and purposeful. The only flab on this film is around the waist of its sybaritic hero, a working-class crook who has finally gotten a taste of the good life, and doesn't want to lose it.

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Top Critic

From the off it's clear at once that Jonathan Glazer will be a ballsy, switched-on film-maker.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Stands head and shoulders above the late 90s flurry of British gangster movies. Stylish and confident and built upon a fearsome performance from Ben Kinglsey.

Full Review… | September 19, 2011

It's not just the ironic kick of watching the guy who played Gandhi get his rocks off on sociopathic violence. Ben Kingsley's Don Logan is one of cinema's all-time fearsome, loathsome villains - stalking even the frames from which he's absent.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

When you get the chance, give this one a look.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Winstone e (especialmente) Kingsley carregam o filme com suas atuações magnéticas, enquanto Glazer confere charme à narrativa com sua abordagem bem-humorada. Infelizmente, o terceiro ato não sobrevive à ausência do personagem mais interessante do projeto.

July 10, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Sexy Beast

One of the most enjoyable films of the decade and one of the very few where I really sympathized with the characters - even if some of them are cartoons.

It's kinda "The Long Good Friday" meets the domestic stuff in the Sopranos. Ben Kigsley is just wild and Ray Winstone is a truly lovable loser. All this and killer tunes.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


An electric British gangster film with a slight grind house panache and a biting script. It's a lean and mean ride that is elevated by all the players involved, especially Kingsley and Winstone. Jonathan Glazer establishes himself as a unique voice with the engaging 'Sexy Beast'.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer



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