Sexy Beast Reviews

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Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 22, 2001
I'm wondering what's so special about a film that has but one guilty pleasure and that's Ben Kingsley spraying saliva-lubricated variants of the F-word.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
July 16, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Susan Granger
July 3, 2001
"Despite superb performances, there's less to this stylish but grim, brutal, tawdry British thriller than meets the eye."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 22, 2001
Discourages thinking...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean O'Connell
June 13, 2001
Glazer provides hope that filmmakers eventually will step out from Tarantino's shadow, but they have to bring something new to the table.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
August 19, 2001
Isn't nearly as interesting as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 9, 2001
No one can make a mean bunny with a gun on horseback look deep, cool, or heavy. No one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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.
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
June 11, 2001
There is nothing tangible to hold onto, just a lot of sound and fury and bloodied-up gangsters.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
June 9, 2001
Like a sandwich with great bread and distracting meat
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 12, 2002
If any of the characters was the least bit appealing, I might have had more patience waiting for something to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 11, 2001
Feels like an elongated commercial -- pretty to look at, but contrived and vacuous.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ian Johnston
June 11, 2001
Glazer insists on using inadvisable fantasy images, and it becomes clear that the film has been haphazardly restructured.
Julia Levin
June 18, 2001
Mostly it just makes you shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
September 17, 2001
Aside from [Glazer's] visual flair and gallows humor, he's still subtracted much more than he's added.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
November 26, 2001
Thanks to Kingsley, the movie isn't entirely unwatchable, but I must warn you: don't be fooled by the short running time; Sexy Beast is a long movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Joe Mader
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
The site of Gandhi wielding a broken beer bottle is enough to warrant two hours of Sexy Beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2001
I didn't know Kingsley had such notes inside him. Obviously, he can play anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003

National Post
March 1, 2001

Irish Times
March 1, 2001
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