Legend Reviews

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December 7, 2018
Tom Hardy fans and Sixties aficionados should be pleased, but those seeking a really engrossing gangster story should continue the search.
November 1, 2018
With the plethora of films, books and documentaries based on the notorious exploits of the Kray twins, you would expect that there is no possibility of a thrilling new take on tried and tested material. You would be exactly right.
October 26, 2017
For all its good looks, Legend is a let-down, hampered by the vanity of its star and by what, for British audiences, at least, feels like a Krays-lite version of a very familiar story.
October 16, 2017
Fans of Tom Hardy will find plenty to like, but no one else has a reason to watch this movie.
August 18, 2016
Legend really does waste the majority of its potential, Helgeland never tapping into the story of the Kray brothers in a way that is essential or lasting.
July 31, 2016
Tom Hardy shines in "Legend" -- twice, in fact -- but his satisfying dual performance is the *only* thing Brian Helgeland's film has going for it.
July 10, 2016
An alarming botch of a biopic on top of being an all-round cheesy gangster movie.
May 3, 2016
Lesser characters are caricatures - Eccleston as a dogged detective is particularly ill-used - and the film as a whole is all over the place, tonally and narratively. It's as if no one's sure whether it's a comedy, farce or tragedy.
April 6, 2016
Helgeland's film falls way short compared to Peter Medak's 1990 film The Krays, which elevated their story to an almost poetic level. Next to it, Legend feels like a cartoon.
March 4, 2016
The script is muddled and nothing more than a space for Hardy to shine.
February 23, 2016
Stretches a little too long, but it's a pretty good gangster film. [Full review in Spanish]
February 22, 2016
Even though the efforts to make the twins likeable and endearing characters are there, we can't really empathize with them and the film feels just like another glorification of violence for violence sake. [Full review in Spanish]
December 11, 2015
It's a movie that clearly states its goals but that doesn't accomplish them.
December 10, 2015
What could have been a blazing entry into the pantheon of great British mob dramas is instead a dish of stale pudding.
December 9, 2015
Helgeland revels in the violence and depravity, setting a dubious tone that, in that final act, has as much of a struggle as Reggie in going straight.
December 9, 2015
Legend suffers from a repetitive midsection that grows increasingly problematic...
December 7, 2015
Movie violence -- it's all just a lark, innit?
December 4, 2015
The examination of what made them legends apart from their bloodthirstiness isn't exactly strong. Strangely, even though the movie unfolds over several years, nobody ages.
December 4, 2015
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.
December 3, 2015
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.
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