Revolver (2005)



Critic Consensus: In attempting to meld his successful previous formulas with philosophical musings, Guy Ritchie has produced an incoherent misfire.

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Gambler and conman Jake Green always ran with a bad crowd and it cost him seven years in jail. After his release, Jake becomes unbeatable at the tables using a formula for the ultimate con that he learned from two mysterious prisoners while on the inside. Now, he is ready to take his revenge against Dorothy Macha, the man responsible for his jail time. Macha is plotting to eliminate his ruthless rival, Lord John, and has staked his credibility on a huge drug deal with the all-powerful Sam Gold. Jake visits Macha at his casino and humiliates him publicly in a game of chance. Macha, fearing more of the same medicine, sends his goons to "take care of" Jake. His life is saved by enigmatic Zack who, with his equally inscrutable partner Avi, offer Jake protection. Against his better judgment, Jake accepts. He soon finds himself playing the very last game he wants to be playing, and there is danger at every turn. But, the biggest danger of all comes from a totally unexpected source--himself. It gradually transpires the real conman is in his head.
R (for violence, language and some nudity)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Ray Liotta
as Macha
Francesca Annis
as Lily Walker
Terence Maynard
as French Paul
Elana Binysh
as Rahcel
The Shend
as Teddy
Tom Wu
as Lord John
Jimmy Flint
as Eddie B
Brian Hibbard
as Eddie C
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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (24)

[A]bout as compelling a brief for Kabbalah as Battlefield Earth was for scientology.

Full Review… | September 22, 2008
The New Republic
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Not the disaster described in the British press but unlikely to restore Ritchie's luster.

Full Review… | December 17, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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The plot isn't intellectually challenging as much as it is confusing, and yet the big twist is completely telegraphed. Ritchie has created a movie that is patronizingly obvious one minute and impenetrable the next.

Full Review… | December 14, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's an irritating, repetitive and pretentious psycho-metaphysical con-job that's ultimately about transcending the ego, and it owes a significant debt to the 1960s The Prisoner TV show -- but isn't nearly in the same artistic league.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Seattle Times
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Guy Ritchie's greasy little noir Revolver is good grindhouse fun until a last act that's like a meeting of a psychoanalysts' convention.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
New York Post
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Between the manic editing, atrocious acting, and laughably pretentious narration, Ritchie's tired tricks feel like empty distractions in a game of three-card Monte.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Revolver

Not for everyone, and especially not for those who prefer their plots spoon-fed to them, much less to make sense, Ritchie does some knocking on Scorcese territorial doors with this hallucinagenic gangster/chinese box of a filmic exercise in (ulp!) psychological self-discovery (in a movie?!? say it ain't so!!!) ... ... that fails in one important aspect: we remain unconnected to our main character, thus rendering the many and varied contortions moot. Ineffectual. Things happen and you're like "whatever." Nonetheless, there are interesting segments throughout, and rarely a dull moment. I liked it more than it deserved. That can happen sometimes.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I enjoyed Lock, Stock but thought that it pandered a little too much to the cheap seats. Snatch was better, but still a little rough around the edges. Whereas this, I had been told, was appalling, and so have avoided it until now. But I really, REALLY wish I hadn't. Because I loved it. I can understand why many found the story a little confusing, the psycho-babble and surreal cut-ins showing the characters state of mind is a little jarring. But the whole thing is executed with such style and accomplishment; far more so than Ritchie's previous films. It has also been said that the direction is a little pretentious. Again no argument here. I can also understand why some may complain about it's lack of originality; the template for the plot is clearly The Usual Suspects, executed in the style of Fight Club. The (rather irrelevant) animated segment is clearly pilfered from and inferior to Kill Bill's, and the shoot out involving Mark Strong's hit man who approaches his work with the clinical efficiency of a German tax inspector (easily my favourite character) is very reminiscent of Leon. But guess what? THAT SEQUENCE IS FANTASTIC. It can only suggest that you watch it a series of great scenes instead of a coherent whole, because it's beautifully shot and performed despite the fact that the underlying story could quite possibly be absolute me, the only question that really mattered was "Did I enjoy it?". And the fact is I really, really bloody did.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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A brilliant and spectacular adrenaline-driven crime-thriller. A senses shattering instant classic. A pure knockout. Intensely gripping, compelling and incredible. It's original, stunning and exhilarating. It`s a bold, riveting and utterly explosive ride. This is Director, Guy Richie's masterpiece. A dark film noir that has all barrels blazing. It has plenty of action, smarts and surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's powerful and unforgettable. A well-crafted and well-written flick. A clever, very stylish, blistering, intriguing and mind-blowing ride. It delivers great twist and turns that shatter the senses, the suspense snaps and crackles like live wire. An absolute psychological mind teaser that will grab you and not let go. You will be grabbing your seat right till the very end to it's explosive climax. Heart-pounding and mind-racing all the way through. An excellent, wickedly cool and very entertaining movie. An awesome all-star cast. Jason Statham has never been better, giving a powerhouse performance, he just proves more that he is a force to be reckoned with. Ray Liotta is electrifying. Andre Benjamin is excellent. Vincent Pastore is brilliant. Terrance Maynard and Mark Strong are terrific.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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