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Bronson Reviews

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Damon Wise
Radio Times
September 3, 2015
Hardy does an admirable job of making this monster human, which he achieves with surprising wit and a visceral, attention-grabbing passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
September 26, 2014
...the film can barely contain Tom Hardy's performance. It's a Method turn so bloodily immersive it's hard to imagine the actor getting his head straight afterwards.
Steve Dollar
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
The movie's giddy brio can leave you punch-drunk, and oddly unsatisfied.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
An overstylized mess, with a brave but pointless performance from Tom Hardy as a lifelong prisoner who just wants to destroy everything around him, most of all himself.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Larsen
September 8, 2011 anthropological study in human viciousness, like a nature film done by Stanley Kubrick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 17, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alice Tynan
Rotten Tomatoes
April 19, 2010
Britain's Got Talent never looked so good.
Tim Grierson
The Simon
February 26, 2010
Bronson doesn't have much to say, but it's a very fun exercise in bad behavior that's neither glamorized nor bemoaned.
Sean Axmaker
February 17, 2010
It's content to be a kind of freak-show character study of a man who embraces anarchy, not for its own sake but for the fame and adrenaline that it brings him.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 22, 2010
This is psychotic behavior as performance art, and Hardy makes it irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 21, 2010
Part literate black comedy, part surrealistic character study, part horror movie, Bronson is a sophisticated confection, rich and dark, sprinkled with bitter little jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 14, 2010
For such a potentially exciting subject matter, Bronson hits way too many lulls.
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 5, 2010
In the end, "Bronson" is a beautiful, intense film about a man that may or may not be insane, based on events that might actually have occurred in his life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Shawn Levy
November 24, 2009
Director and co-writer Nicolas Winding Refn strives mightily to match his star crescendo for crescendo, which can be exhausting. But the film is nimble and spare enough to absorb most of the director's outré inspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2009
Itâ(TM)s a meditation on the art of rage -- an action painting passing itself off as an action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix
November 19, 2009
Done differently, the cat-and-mouse brawling could get tiresome, but Tom Hardy as Bronson -- with his shaved head, handlebar moustache, and glittering eyes -- is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Proyect
November 13, 2009
If you want to spend two hours with a psychopath who loves nothing more than getting naked and brawling with prison guards, this is for you. I prefer vintage Kurosawa.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
November 13, 2009
A figure this luridly fascinating, a personality this ludicrously outsized, warrants something more than your typical biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 13, 2009
A stylized portrait of a criminal famous in his native Britain as perhaps the most violent man in Her Majesty's prison system, Bronson serves primarily as a showcase for Tom Hardy's undeniably brilliant performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Simon Weaving
November 12, 2009
Strap yourself in for a jaw-dropping performance from Tom Hardy as he completely inhabits the role of Britain's most notorious prisoner in this highly stylised piece of mischievous cinematic vaudeville.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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