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Formula 51 Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Missing: plot, dialogue, characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2009
Overdirected, overacted, generally overwrought mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
July 2, 2008
After creating the most addictive drug known to man, Samuel Jackson and Robert Carlyle go on the run looking for a buyer in what turns out to be a joyride of a movie that takes its inspiration from similar films that have come before it.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 26, 2004
Tenta desesperadamente ser um novo Jogo, Trapaças e Dois Canos Fumegantes, mas perde o jogo, trapaceia o espectador e é este quem entra pelo cano.
| Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...starts out well enough, with its quirky directorial touches and even quirkier storyline, but finally becomes just too overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
Elmo touts his drug as being 51 times stronger than coke. If you're looking for a tale of Brits behaving badly, watch Snatch again. It's 51 times better than this.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Abnormal amounts of blood, bullets and wanton bodily functions could put the ill on some unsuspecting viewers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bryan Reesman
February 21, 2003
With an unusual protagonist (a kilt-wearing Jackson) and subject matter, the improbable "Formula 51" is somewhat entertaining, but it could have been much stronger.
| Original Score: 5/10
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Reeks of a studio trying to cut its losses and make a few bucks before the stiffer competition of Oscar season arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
January 2, 2003
Excessive, profane, packed with cartoonish violence and comic-strip characters.
Nicolas Lacroix
November 12, 2002
Une très, très mauvaise copie du style Guy Ritchie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Joshua Tyler
November 5, 2002
Jackson is always watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
October 28, 2002
Ken Russell would love this. In one scene, we get a stab at soccer hooliganism, a double-barreled rip-off of Quentin Tarantino's climactic shootout - and Meat Loaf explodes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
October 27, 2002
Formula 51 has dulled your senses faster and deeper than any recreational drug on the market.
| Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
October 27, 2002
All the insufferable antics being put forth (thoughtless racial jokes, forced catch phrases, canned hilarity, superficial frivolity, pointless plotlines) conjure up a steady derivative formula of nonsense with the tasty acceptance of sour skim milk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 25, 2002
It has the requisite flash and profane dialogue that movie audiences seem to like these days, but very little else.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 25, 2002
Utterly without redeeming social importance
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 24, 2002
With jump cuts, fast editing and lots of pyrotechnics, Yu clearly hopes to camouflage how bad his movie is. He fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
October 23, 2002
Best described as the cinematic equivalent of junk food: loaded with synthetic additives, deficient in nutritional benefits, but uniquely and undeniably satisfying if you have an appetite for such stuff.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jeff Stark
October 23, 2002
Director Yu seems far more interested in gross-out humor than in showing us well-thought stunts or a car chase that we haven't seen 10,000 times.
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