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As a gangster biopic, Legend is deeply flawed, but as a showcase for Tom Hardy -- in a dual role, no less -- it just about lives up to its title.



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From Academy Award (R) winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance. LEGEND is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins.


Tom Hardy
as Ronald Kray/Reginald Kray
Emily Browning
as Frances Shea
David Thewlis
as Leslie Payne
Chazz Palminteri
as Angelo Bruno
Taron Egerton
as Teddy Smith
Paul Anderson (XVIII)
as Albert Donoghue
Tara Fitzgerald
as Elsie Shea
Joshua Hill
as Constable Scott
Colin Morgan
as Frank Shea
Nicholas Farrell
as Dr. Humphries
Adam Fogerty
as Pat Connolly
Mel Raido
as Ian Barrie
Major Johnson Finley
as The Double R Club Singer
Millie Brady
as Joan Collins
Stephen Thompson
as Ronnie Bender
Sam Spruell
as Jack McVitie
Alex Ferns
as McLean
Martin McCreadie
as Eddie Richardson
Shane Attwooll
as George Cornell
Richard Riddell
as Mike Jobber
Huggy Leaver
as Pig & Whistle Barman
Sam Hoare
as Stefan De Faye
Frankie Fitzgerald
as Jack Dickson
Christopher Adamson
as Philip Testa
Alex Giannini
as Tony Caponigro
as Timi Yuro
Samantha Pearl
as Shirley Bassey
Mark Theodore
as Sonny Liston
Lara Cazalet
as Mrs. Payne
Tim Faraday
as Big Screw
John Sessions
as Lord Boothby
Kevin McNally
as Harold Wilson
Tim Woodward
as Superintendent Cummings
Nick Hendrix
as Hew McCowan
Robert Ashby
as Arnold Goodman
Geoffrey Beevers
as Old Bailey Judge
Jane Wood
as Violet Kray
Jon McKenna
as Charles Kary Senior
John Sears
as Father Foster
Lorraine Stanley
as Blind Beggar Barmaid
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Critic Reviews for Legend

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (66)

  • Helgeland uses long-take shots through boisterous clubs, unreliable narration and splashes of violence to create a drama of little surprise and even less impact.

    Dec 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Legend seems like a movie Scorsese might have made if he wasn't paying attention - the elements are present but they are clumsily assembled and the outcome underwhelms.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not short of thrills, the biggest of which is Hardy's double performance.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic
  • Watching Tom Hardy nearly upstage himself in the gangster biopic Legend makes for mesmerizing viewing. It's also an object lesson in how great acting can transcend a film's limitations.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's a testament to the Krays' ability to get away with everything - for a while, anyway. But it's better evidence of Tom Hardy's ability to do just about anything.

    Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Hardy's performance - nay, performances - are so electrifying they cut through the confusion. Watch "Legend" for him and him alone. He's great, times two.

    Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Legend

  • Jul 19, 2017
    The story of the infamous Kray twin gangsters relies entirely on its leading man Hardy in a double and he truly does deliver. The plot is always entertaining although it follows the mob standards, but things never get too exciting either. I guess true events sometimes do that. Still, Hardy's performance makes it all worth while.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2016
    There are two things that save this movie from being a real bore, Tom Hardy as Ron Kray and Tom Hardy as Reggie Kray. The performance alone from Hardy should give you enough juice to watch 'Legend', however disjointed the movie may be as a gangster flick. Or is it really a gangster flick so much as a romance? I really could not tell which direction Brian Helgeland wanted to take this film, which ultimately lends 'Legend' to terrible pacing problems. The story seems ripe for the plucking, and though the story essentially starts with the brothers already in a high state of power, our relationship as a viewer remains on a strained outside-looking-in lackey rather than one of the family. Decent acting from a supporting cast that looks just as confused when Hardy isn't on screen with them, coupled with Hardy's performance (especially during the true gangster scenes) should give you just enough interest to tune in, otherwise, 'Legend' won't rise to the occasion.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    It's overly-polished which does work against it, but Hardy's performance carries the film beautifully
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2016
    Hardy does give two excellent and very distinct performances, but he can't rescue a movie that's essentially a middling and kind of boring riff on Scorsese.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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