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Brighton Rock Reviews

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.
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
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-
September 9, 2011
"Brighton Rock" doesn't rise to classic status, but it's an intriguing mood piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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.
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
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
August 26, 2011
All in all, this new Brighton Rock strikes me as a minor but effective exercise in neo-noir style.
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
August 26, 2011
Screams "student film" with practically every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
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
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+
August 25, 2011
It is about helplessness and evil, but isn't merciless enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 23, 2011
As Brighton Rock attempts to zero in on Rose and Pinkie's dangerous relationship, it loses momentum.
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.
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.