Gangster No. 1 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Gangster No. 1 Reviews

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April 29, 2009
Despite some really good performances especially from Bettany, this is a pretty terrible movie...
September 16, 2003
A stylish, confused and insanely violent gangster drama from a first-time Brit director.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 1, 2003
...cool shots do not a riveting film make.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 5, 2003
. . .captures the kinetic quality of the 60s with jump-action pacing, groovy camera angles and the occasional split screen treatment that never crosses the line into camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2002
It certainly feels unique, and sets itself apart from most American gangster films in its stark refusal to paint the lead gangster as likable or indeed anything other than the vicious socio-psychopath he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 2, 2002
It's a handsomely ugly affair, well dressed enough to make a few friends, but tough enough to make just as many enemies.
October 21, 2002
McGuigan has assembled a stellar all-British cast in which there are no weak links.
October 3, 2002
Malcolm McDowell is cool. Paul Bettany is cool. Paul Bettany playing Malcolm McDowell? Cool.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
Not as well-written as Sexy Beast, not as gloriously flippant as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but stylish and moody and exceptionally well-acted.
September 13, 2002
If you can stomach the rough content, it's worth checking out for the performances alone.
Full Review| Original Score: 7.5/10
September 13, 2002
Paul Bettany is good at being the ultra-violent gangster wannabe, but the movie is certainly not number 1.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 12, 2002
Director Paul McGuigan and cast infuse the proceedings with a strong dose of psychotic gusto and visual flare.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 6, 2002
A prolonged extrusion of psychopathic pulp.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 26, 2002
Glizty but formulaic and silly...Cagney's 'top of the world' has been replaced by the bottom of the barrel.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 23, 2002
A film divided into past and present sections that are ridiculously disparate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 26, 2002
In an Oscar caliber performance, Bettany plays an explosive character who spends most of the time repressing an evil grin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2002
It's fascinating to see how Bettany and McDowell play off each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 26, 2002
Doesn't offer much besides glib soullessness, raunchy language and a series of brutal set pieces ... that raise the bar on stylized screen violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 26, 2002
...two brilliantly vile performances by two sublimely in-sync actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2002
Clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie.
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