Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) Reviews

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March 10, 2016
Scottish actor Robert Carlyle makes a bold impression as a first-time director with Barney Thomson, a brash, dirty little film that's eager to please in devilish ways.
March 4, 2016
You don't have to be a Scot to laugh yourself silly at The Legend of Barney Thomson, although canny viewers will no doubt catch more of the inside references.
March 4, 2016
Robert Carlyle is excellent as the lugubrious and downtrodden Barney, but as he makes his directorial debut here his rhythm on this deadpan comedy is erratic.
March 3, 2016
Not as clever as it wants to be, some comic bits stumble and the ending is ridiculous, although Carlyle and Thompson give it their best shot.
July 20, 2015
If you grew up south of Gretna Green, bribe a Scot to translate the thick Glaswegian accents in Robert Carlyle's grisly serial killer comedy.
November 2, 2018
Ably supported by a strong cast including Ray Winstone and a nearly unrecognisable Emma Thompson, there is certainly some directorial skill in [Robert] Carlyle's bones.
November 1, 2018
Carlyle achieves a consistent wry, shaggy dog tone that works on low-key terms. Fans of its stars will be pleased; fans of murder comedies have seen both better and worse.
August 23, 2018
Making stylish use of its Glasgow locations, Carlyle's black farce about a serial killer moseys along in fine enough fashion, but it suffers from a fatal lack of laughs.
August 22, 2018
Whilst the ending is rather silly and possibly too neat, it is a rather enjoyable film so bring your blackest humour to watch this.
August 13, 2018
The Legend of Barney Thomson has a few redeeming features scattered throughout, but for Carlyle it's much too bland and undefined.
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