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Layer Cake Reviews

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May 26, 2005
Don't expect Layer Cake to add any new layers to the overstuffed genre of British gangster movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 10, 2005
The film is lamentably short of narrative coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2004
While it's visually striking, with superior acting, it's also cluttered with a bewildering collection of characters and plot threads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 4, 2005
Pointless and tasteless[!]
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 10, 2005
What's abundantly clear is how far this kind of moviemaking has come from any knowledge of real criminal life; it's a geek's ineffectual daydream of mayhem.
May 13, 2005
As choices for a night's entertainment, well, you'd do better with a pint of Bass.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 20, 2005
A propulsive drug-world movie that dutifully covers similar ground in and around London: guns, chicks, inventive use of the F word, expensive-looking locations, designer stuff, and so on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2005
Craig scores, but difficult accents plus uneven cutting are as deadly as the drug trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2005
Nice look, but there's more promise than delivered goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 9, 2005
...a flat riff on a tired genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 8, 2005
Confusing...befuddling...too long. With a different script and a different director this might have worked...But, then, that would have been a completely different movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
June 3, 2005
It's not that Vaughn bites off more than he can chew. It's that we've seen these unsavory characters so many times before that they've gone stale.
April 4, 2005
An overeager debutant director who wants a quick jump to Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2005
It's occasionally taut and clever enough to hold audience attention, but ultimately has little substance to accompany its cool exterior.
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February 1, 2005
As a whole, it just seems like we've seen it all before.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 12, 2005
Like just about every British crime picture of the last decade, it's stacked with gentlemen gangsters in Saville Row suits, blockheaded yobs with names like Kinky, Tiptoes and the Duke, and a disposable caper scenario.
May 12, 2005
It doesn't seem to be making any point other than 'that's how we do violence in hip crime movies now.'
May 13, 2005
Layer Cake doesn't offer much that we haven't seen before.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2005
Half-baked--astronomically high in cinematic calories but very low in nutritional value.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 20, 2005
Features a plot anyone over 16 has seen at least a dozen times, with slick but completely unoriginal directing by Matthew Vaughn.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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