Sexy Beast Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 30, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 6, 2001
A marvelously suspenseful character study wrapped up in a refreshingly tight crime film.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 29, 2001
One of the more interesting efforts in its genre, though it has been somewhat overrated.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 29, 2001
The most original and entertaining crime thriller since The Limey.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 28, 2001
A stylish, assured battle of wills, and a masterpiece of reverse casting.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 25, 2001
As the mobster Don Logan in Sexy Beast, Ben Kingsley is so intensely frightening that it's as if the actor were on a personal mission to deep-six Gandhi and his loincloth once and for all.
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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
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June 22, 2001
Riotously entertaining, and with a big heart, too.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
June 22, 2001
Glazer directs from Louis Mellis and David Scinto's script like a man who knows the outer limits of a bad dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2001
Quirky details of character, implied but unstated background and lovely performances keep us enthralled.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
June 22, 2001
It remains first and foremost an involving story about its characters.
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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
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 22, 2001
Its mix of surrealism, coolly chic visuals, and juicy acting leapfrogs it ahead of most of the competition.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 21, 2001
An engaging conflagration of British B-flick, cockney wit and gallows humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2001
Marks a debut of amazing panache and confidence by music video director Jonathan Glazer.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 21, 2001
The best British crime thriller in years.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2001
A noir masterpiece with Oscar-caliber performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 15, 2001
[Glazer] makes an audacious contribution to British crime drama with this first feature, delivering a smack to the head of a moribund genre.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
June 14, 2001
Confident, mature, deeply conceived, and convincingly inhabited, it's a surprisingly humane film.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2001
It brought back some of the excitement I felt nearly a decade ago watching Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 13, 2001
Nervy, cheeky and totally absorbing crime noir in which the humans are far more hair-raising than the heist.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 13, 2001
Kingsley burns up the screen as a foul-mouthed Cockney gangster.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2001
Has a strong plot (credit the writing team of Louis Mellis and David Scinto) and a pair of excellent performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 13, 2001
Glazer's style is the cinematic slang of the moment, and his fresh take on an old genre opens some breathing space.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 13, 2001
An extraordinary and original creation.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 13, 2001
Delivers not only sensation but also, more remarkably, feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
June 12, 2001
What distinguishes Sexy Beast from the recent rash of British gangster films is Glazer's investment in character and performance.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 12, 2001
It's Kingsley who will fire you up. He's dynamite.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 28, 2001
A suspenseful 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter
February 28, 2001
A wonderfully stylish thriller packed with astoundingly good performances.
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Derek Elley
Variety
February 28, 2001
An often enjoyable, massively uneven Brit ganglander.