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Brighton Rock Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
Joffe's removal of the story from the classical theatricality of the 1930s to the more contemporary and hip aesthetic of the 1960s just doesn't work in all the ways he may have intended.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 24, 2013
Drab in color, with very little of Brighton-they shot in neighboring Eastbourne, apparently because Brighton is too posh now to be its old self.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 16, 2012
...a worthless waste of time that wears out its welcome almost immediately.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 11, 2011
Doesn't capture the whole of Greeneland, but at least portrays one aspect of it reasonably well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 7, 2011
Writer-director Rowan Joffe ... maintains an air of gritty conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 29, 2011
As remakes go, this "Brighton Rock" is probably unnecessary, but it's a well- acted, stylishly filmed thriller and a good story well told.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Kent Turner
School Library Journal
September 13, 2011
The film is ripe for Helen Mirren to grab, and she handily makes off with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 9, 2011
There's a brutish beauty to the mean world of Brighton Rock that feels very '40s even in the '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 9, 2011
Please read the book instead.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 9, 2011
"Brighton Rock" doesn't rise to classic status, but it's an intriguing mood piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 8, 2011
Joffe commits the novice director's mistake of using every visual trick in the book and a few not yet recorded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dave White
September 2, 2011
You'll be fascinated by your visit, but when it's time to leave you'll be more than glad to get out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2011
Evocative music and stylish visual flourishes from first-time director Rowan Joffe bring heft to a predictable thriller set during a summer of youthful unrest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rebecca Murray
August 30, 2011
Brighton Rock is frustrating in that it allows glimpses into a world that it refuses to fully embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 29, 2011
Brighton's "not what she used to be," says one gangster, and that sure is a shame: The 1947 adaptation was so much more, and so much more strange.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 27, 2011
Brighton Rock is still compelling, which proves yet again that Greene is such a cinematic storyteller that his books are nearly damageproof.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bob Mondello
August 26, 2011
Where the first film had a lawyer spouting Shakespeare, this one mostly has visual panache - crosses and crucifixes rather than dialogue about religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Tallerico
August 26, 2011
It's a hollow film, concerned more with detail than emotion or character and so it comes off more like a filmmaking exercise than an engaging story, and it never justifies its existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2011
An incredibly dramatic motion picture, positively loony at times. There are a few moments so heated, it feels as though the film itself is pointing a loaded gun to its temple, threatening to shoot.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
The story still has the same basic seedy flavor, and contains the same dramatic frustrations.
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