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44 Inch Chest Reviews

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John Gholson
Cinematical
February 10, 2012
A deliberately stagy rumination on the price of revenge.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 3, 2010
...an uneven yet engrossing drama that benefits substantially from the efforts of its unusually impressive roster of performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 30, 2010
I can't help thinking it's a waste of talent.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
April 30, 2010
It boasts a crackerjack cast and a richly dense script, and scenes of inspired fantasy and hallucinatory nightmarish power.
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
April 29, 2010
As an exercise in gender de-construction it's a crude bit of irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 27, 2010
A verbose exercise in profanity that wastes the talent of a bunch of fine actors who sit around and discuss how best to restore the bruised ego of one of their hardened gang.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
April 26, 2010
This talky crime drama is a searing examination of masculinity and misogyny that is littered with rampant profanity and lashings of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 24, 2010
The title suggests an exploration of the macho notion of masculinity, and while the theme filters through, it is less than satisfying; the film also lacks layers, making it a one-note movie with the odd flash of wit
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 25, 2010
Filled with actorly weight, this top-heavy film needs a back brace
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 19, 2010
A smashingly acted but dramatically thin expose of men behaving badly that isn't nearly as revelatory as it seems to think it is.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 26, 2010
After a while you can see why the wayward wife moved on to fresher prospects. Our man Ray is all talk, no bloody action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 26, 2010
Writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto seem to have been hoping for something along the lines of those Quentin Tarantino scenes where thugs kvetch about pop music and cinnamon buns, but the 44 Inch dialogue is not as clever as Tarantino's...
| Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 25, 2010
With violence on the menu, it's a guilty pleasure to watch these stage-trained hambones unleash a rapid-fire roundelay of righteous indignation.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 11, 2010
The frequently profane dialogue suggests David Mamet on an off-night (so does Malcolm Venville's claustrophobia-inducing direction), though the first-rate cast works hard.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 10, 2010
Ninety-four minutes of stagey locker-room philosophizing. Sets a record for use of the word "cunt." Each of the characters exemplifies a different stereotype of male behavior, none of them very interesting.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
February 9, 2010
Every now and then there are perfect moments in cinema. The opening of 44 Inch Chest is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
February 5, 2010
Venville keeps the camera back and the images wet, brown, and moldy while the characters scowl and spew vitriol at their foe, allowing us to see how they have nothing behind them.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 2010
It's an interesting spectacle, but not enough to carry a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 4, 2010
The whole thing feels like middle-period Mamet with English accents, and not much to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 4, 2010
Is this a documentary about a porn professional? Or a gym rat? Neither. It's a stagy, half-entertaining, half-tedious acting competition between five excellent Englishmen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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