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Brighton Rock Reviews

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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.
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Jordan Riefe
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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-
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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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 3, 2011
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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
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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
NPR.org
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
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 26, 2011
All in all, this new Brighton Rock strikes me as a minor but effective exercise in neo-noir style.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 26, 2011
Mirren is marvelous, as is Riley. The score, with Martin Phipps clearly channeling Bernard Herrmann, is full of tentative, melancholy melodies and dark, swirling moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 26, 2011
Screams "student film" with practically every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 26, 2011
A beautiful-looking noir about a British gangster whose trap for a witness messes up his mob life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 25, 2011
The film is almost distractingly beautiful to look at, something that accentuates the tension between the film's conflicting quantities, i.e., the glories of the physical world, and the corrupted humanity it hosts.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 25, 2011
Mr. Joffe has turned "Brighton Rock" into a full-scale film noir with the stylistic undertow of a more modern British gangster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 25, 2011
I'm still trying to figure out what mods have to do with Brighton Rock, and I can only guess that Joffe glommed onto the little town's best known pop-culture credential in hope of connecting with a broader, or perhaps younger, international audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 25, 2011
What was once an impurely pure outpost of Graham Greeneland now feels a bit like the Who's "Quadrophenia,'' with mods and rockers mixing it up around the edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2011
The new film version of Graham Greene's 1938 novel "Brighton Rock" isn't very good, but if you haven't yet seen the 1947 film version of Greene's book, do so! It's the right time to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 25, 2011
While the new Brighton Rock makes a great case for Brighton being a fine setting for a grim crime drama, it only intermittently looks like the sort of film that setting deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2011
It is about helplessness and evil, but isn't merciless enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 24, 2011
What might have been a long walk off a short pier becomes a valid, vital rethinking of a crime classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 23, 2011
The film as a whole often feels like an exercise in style over substance, especially as it becomes clear just how many times we've seen these kinds of characters in this kind of story before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 23, 2011
As Brighton Rock attempts to zero in on Rose and Pinkie's dangerous relationship, it loses momentum.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 22, 2011
The extreme innocence of Rose (Andrea Riseborough), the young girl whom Pinkie seduces in order to keep her quiet, is no longer very convincing, or even interesting.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2010
Rowan Joffe's film of Graham Greene's 1938 novel Brighton Rock takes a gothic approach to the story of a young thug obsessed with hell with little of the writer's subtlety and too much reliance on a loud quasi-religious choral score.