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Sexy Beast Reviews

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September 19, 2011
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.
Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
When you get the chance, give this one a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 10, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
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.
Rob Gonsalves
September 23, 2007
This slight-seeming but trim and absorbing British import deepens in your head the more you chew it over later.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
A film that takes a familiar premise -- in this case, a retired thief who is asked to pull one last job -- and makes it exciting again through the use of interesting characters, elegant camerawork and exhilarating storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A fun gangster film, telling the tale of you-can-never-really-leave that The Godfather, among others, championed so well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
From the off it's clear at once that Jonathan Glazer will be a ballsy, switched-on film-maker.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
An astonishing underwater robbery scene highlights this amazingly staged and acted film. A must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It's nice to see a new director willing to spend as much time with his actors as he does moving the camera around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Most crime stories, from Cain and Abel to Macbeth to Bonnie and Clyde to Pulp Fiction, show us that crime doesn't pay. Sexy Beast has more to say than that.
| Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 17, 2003
a chilly comedy of the darkest kind, set in a world where sentences are punctuated with profanities, weapons sometimes fall apart at unfortunate moments and people say things like 'You've got very nice eyes... Are they real?'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
April 16, 2003
Guaranteed to inspire a thousand scene replays in pubs on a Friday night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
First-time director Jonathan Glazer tries so hard to be Guy Richie, without looking like he's trying to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
Ben Kingsley goes way over the top in a departure from his traditionally more subdued roles.
| Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A wry, violent and surreally funny crime caper from British director Jonathan Glazer and screenwriters Louis Mellis and David Scinto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2002
This profane British crime story is to be remembered more for its intoxicating visual vigor and one blowtorch performance than character arcs, caper thrills or revelatory surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Venable
September 22, 2002
If there's one singular reason to recommend this film, it's Ben Kingsley.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 13, 2002
The ending almost salvages the entire project, and had it not been faced with making up for 45 minutes of blown opportunities it would have succeeded.
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