Gangster No. 1 Reviews

September 12, 2002
Director Paul McGuigan and cast infuse the proceedings with a strong dose of psychotic gusto and visual flare.
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.
July 19, 2002
Clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie.
July 19, 2002
The film has a kind of hard, cold effect.
July 11, 2002
Gangster No. 1 is solid, satisfying fare for adults.
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.
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.
June 13, 2002
Certainly the performances are worthwhile.
June 13, 2002
Seeks to transcend its genre with a curiously stylized, quasi-Shakespearean portrait of pure misogynist evil.
June 13, 2002
A canny, derivative, wildly gruesome portrait of a London sociopath who's the scariest of sadists.
June 11, 2002
As happily glib and vicious as its characters.
June 5, 2002
Just watch Bettany strut his stuff. You'll know a star when you see one.
June 27, 2001
A movie that hovers somewhere between an acute character study and a trite power struggle.
May 30, 2001
Dazzles with its fully-written characters, its determined stylishness (which always relates to characters and story) and Johnny Dankworth's best soundtrack in years.