Reviews

Aug 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 3, 2015
It's not short of thrills, the biggest of which is Hardy's double performance.
Dec 3, 2015
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.
Nov 25, 2015
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
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
Brian Helgeland, following up on his impressive Jackie Robinson biopic 42, never seems quite at home in old Blighty, but he delivers a thorough, nicely paced treatment of the brothers' rise and fall.
Nov 25, 2015
Legend is a bad title for a film that doesn't quite succeed in relating how these brothers became legends.
Nov 25, 2015
Writer-director Brian Helgeland gives us violence without felt menace, doomed romance without felt desperation, and decadence without felt pleasure.
Nov 25, 2015
"Legend" could serve as a kind of greatest-hits collection for the best actor working today. Unfortunately, it's also supposed to serve as a movie proper, and that's where it falls short.
Nov 25, 2015
Two Tom Hardys for the price of one certainly sounds like a steal of a deal. But if this movie makes it into his future highlight reel, it'll be for level of difficulty, not because the film itself has made much of a bid for posterity.
Nov 24, 2015
It leaves a big blank - make that two blanks - where the complex, contradictory lives behind this "Legend" should be.
Nov 24, 2015
Helgeland clearly has a feel for the Krays' criminal milieu, but it's not long before repetition sets in. There's only so much brutality that even the most bloodthirsty audience can tolerate.
Nov 24, 2015
To take such a subject and render it without focus, interest, or joy-to make a long, dull movie from it - qualified as some perverse sort of achievement.
Nov 24, 2015
In what is surely his finest hour to date, Tom Hardy plays both brothers. Much more than a gimmick, it's like watching one side of a mind wrestle with the other -- literally, in one explosive, fun-to-unpack fight scene.
Nov 23, 2015
Tom Hardy's the only punch to an otherwise standard gangster saga more interested in playboy panache than stick-to-your-ribs nastiness.
Nov 20, 2015
His fifth and most assured film as both writer and director, Legend is not the work of a dedicated stylist, but of a strong storyteller who, like Lawrence Kasdan in the Eighties and Nineties, creates clean, precise images.
Nov 19, 2015
As a character study, it proves about as deep as Goofus and Gallant in the British underworld, but it's also consistently fun to watch.
Nov 19, 2015
A tremendous effort by Hardy is let down by unfocused storytelling.