London Boulevard


London Boulevard

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In spite of its spotless pedigree and a strong sense of visual style, London Boulevard stumbles over its frenetic pace and crowded, clichéd plot.



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The directorial debut of William Monahan, the screenwriter of The Departed, London Boulevard follows an ex-con trying to make a fresh start in a relationship with a reclusive actress. A sexy, stylish gangster thriller bristling with wit and brutal intrigue, London Boulevard stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley as star-crossed lovers who run afoul of one of London's most vicious crime bosses. -- (C) IFC


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Critic Reviews for London Boulevard

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  • A stylish if familiar tale of a man hopelessly entangled in his past.

    Nov 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie is more than dialogue and a soundtrack. And direction is a lot more than making sure all your favorite parts of your own script make it to the screen intact.

    Nov 11, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In trying to take a bite out of crime and another out of fame, [Monahan has] ended up with more than he can chew for his first time in the director's chair.

    Nov 11, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Monahan's trademark tart dialogue is as strong as ever, and Farrell and Winstone make for a formidable pair of opponents.

    Nov 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There is too much to be absorbed in too little time and not enough tissue connecting abbreviated, sometimes unnecessary subplots.

    Nov 10, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Had the film stood still more often, its stylish gambit would have worked better.

    Nov 10, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for London Boulevard

  • Feb 07, 2013
    "London Boulevard" starts with Mitchel(Colin Farrell) being released from prison after three years, only to find that he still has to rescue his wayward sister Briony(Anna Friel). As he does not want to return to jail, he is not really interested in his friend Billy's(Ben Chaplin) scams, either. So, instead, he follows a lead for a job from Penny(Ophelia Lovibond) to do caretaking for Charlotte(Keira Knightley), a reclusive actress, who is otherwise looked after by Jordan(David Thewlis), before Bailey(Eddie Marsan), a crooked cop, comes looking for Mitchel again. "London Boulevard" is a stylish and thoughtful movie about two people trapped, not only by circumstance, but by fame. Along these same lines, it is interesting to see how they take different approaches to the notoriety they have been saddled with. Otherwise, the movie can be a bit haphazard at times, rotating its fine cast(including Ray Winstone who I should never, ever forget) amongst a wide variety of subplots. But what's most important are two things it has going in its favor. First, it does all come together in the end. Second, Colin Farrell with easygoing confidence takes center stage, making it look effortless and all his own in playing a character who while, as pointed out, being potentially violent, only tries to use violence as a last resort; but will not run from a fight either.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2012
    Geez, not only is this movie incomprehensible, but it's not worth comprehending. It is boring me out of my skull at 48 minutes in. But then it's Colin Farrell AND Keira Knightley -- with the affected "e" before the "y." So, in fact, only an idiot would rent this -- which must be me.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2012
    A messy, interesting, but appropriately stylistic gangster thriller, London Boulevard is a mixed bag. The performances are strong all around, but the script never gives each character arc or plot line its proper doing, making the film seemed disjointed and tonally uneven. The is also exacerbated by some thick British accents which make the dialogue, generally well written, sometimes hard to decipher. Still, I really enjoyed the strong ending, and felt the dynamic between Knightley and Ferrell to have been especially well done. Overall, despite its flaws, London Boulevard manages to do enough right to keep you engaged. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2012
    I genuinly did not understand this movie! It was the most confused and poorly written script that just lacked everything! You have some of the best names in the business and the reason as to why they would participate in such a poorly written and directed movie is beyond me! Wouldnt waste my time watching!
    Film C Super Reviewer

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