Gangster No. 1 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Gangster No. 1 Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 19, 2002
The film has a kind of hard, cold effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
The period -- swinging London in the time of the mods and the rockers -- gets the once-over once again in Gangster No. 1, but falls apart long before the end.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2002
Gangster No. 1 is solid, satisfying fare for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
July 11, 2002
While you think you're watching just another in a series of British gangster films, you may suddenly realize that you're watching what is, thus far, the year's best horror movie.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
July 9, 2002
...works within its own pensive and penetrating element. Caustic and jaunty, Gangster No. 1 is a cynical sideshow that dismisses the notion that crime does not always pay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
June 21, 2002
Even though the story's a bit scattered, Gangster energetically evokes the hip '60s with groovy split-screen effects and a swinging soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
June 14, 2002
The most brilliant and brutal UK crime film since Jack Carter went back to Newcastle, the first half of Gangster No. 1 drips with style and, at times, blood.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 14, 2002
They crush each other under cars, throw each other out windows, electrocute and dismember their victims in full consciousness. And we don't avert our eyes for a moment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
June 14, 2002
The film rehashes several old themes and is capped with pointless extremes -- it's insanely violent and very graphic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
June 14, 2002
It's more than a rip-off of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but less than the Pulp Fiction-esque genre-bender it aspires to be.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
June 13, 2002
Certainly the performances are worthwhile.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
June 13, 2002
The movie's captivating details are all in the performances, from Foreman's barking-mad Taylor to Thewlis's smoothly sinister Freddie and Bettany/McDowell's hard-eyed gangster.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 13, 2002
Seeks to transcend its genre with a curiously stylized, quasi-Shakespearean portrait of pure misogynist evil.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2002
A canny, derivative, wildly gruesome portrait of a London sociopath who's the scariest of sadists.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 11, 2002
As happily glib and vicious as its characters.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2002
Just watch Bettany strut his stuff. You'll know a star when you see one.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Tilley
Jam! Movies
June 5, 2002
Great performances, stylish cinematography and a gritty feel help make Gangster No. 1 a worthwhile moviegoing experience.
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
April 30, 2002
Yet another genre exercise, Gangster No. 1 is as generic as its title.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 14, 2002
As a movie, Gangster No. 1 is bunglesome, but as a feature-length musing on a theme, it's bold and resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Max Messier
Filmcritic.com
October 22, 2001
Feels like pieces a bunch of other, better movies slapped together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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