Bugsy Reviews

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 29, 2014
From James Toback's crackling script to Warren Beatty's electric performance as gangster Ben Siegel, Bugsy is so engrossing that you feel uncharitable mentioning that while splendid in individual scenes, Barry Levinson's movie lacks propulsion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 29, 2014
What finally distinguishes Bugsy from other mob movies is its ever-present sense of the absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2014
Insouciant and flashy, co-producer Beatty is at his best when evoking the narcissistic, show-business side of Siegel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2014
A great deal of the fun of watching this very assured film is seeing with what energetic panache the actor takes on the mantle of the mobster J. Edgar Hoover once called "the most dangerous man in America."
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 29, 2014
The picture belongs, in every sense of the word, to Beatty.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 29, 2014
Most actors give more contained performances as they get older or else they risk self-parody. Beatty, who has always seemed larger than life, gets even larger with age -- and on him it looks good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 29, 2014
Beatty and Annette Bening charge their roles with energy, and the supporting cast includes such talents as Harvey Keitel, Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, and Elliott Gould in sturdy performances.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 29, 2014
Warren Beatty delivers some of his best acting in years as Bugsy Siegel, the gangster responsible for the inception of Las Vegas as we now know it.
John Marriott
Radio Times
October 29, 2014
While avoiding the usual gangster film clichés, director Barry Levinson also insists that Warren Beatty does more than coast through this movie on matinée idol looks and easy charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
October 29, 2014
Beatty's daring schizophrenic performance -- on the one hand charming and gregarious, on the other a brutal killing machine -- makes this one of the best performances (but not films) of his career.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 29, 2014
Levinson's direction is brisk and, for a film largely about the allure of glamour, suitably flashy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Total Film
October 29, 2014
Barry Levinson's good-looking gangster pic may be nowhere near GoodFellas-calibre mob drama, but it manages to convey the menace and glamour of real-life west coast hood Benjamin 'Bugsy' Seigel (Warren Beatty) with evocative style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 29, 2014
As Siegel, Warren Beatty hones the finest characterization of his career.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2014
Not just another gangster picture, as some had feared. James Toback`s sparkling script as interpreted by director Barry Levinson and producer-star Warren Beatty is both a rare love story between equals and a portrait of a dreamer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 20, 2014
Barry Levinson's Bugsy will reignite your passion for inventive foul-mouthery, so inventively crafted and spitefully delivered are its swears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Stylish, clever, and fast on its feet, Bugsy is a movie of vast scope and many small pleasures, a lavish, beautifully designed epic that never quite decides what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
An absorbing narrative flow and a parade of colorful underworld characters vie for screen time with an unsatisfactory central romance.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
February 12, 2007
A first-rate production from top to bottom...Beatty has never been more electrifying on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 4, 2006
Beatty and Bening are winning.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
With a sparklingly witty script (James Toback), classy direction and terrific performances all round, Beatty's return to the fray is his best movie since McCabe and Mrs Miller.
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