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Sexy Beast Reviews

March 31, 2008
The talented Glazer keeps things crisp, clean and purposeful. The only flab on this film is around the waist of its sybaritic hero, a working-class crook who has finally gotten a taste of the good life, and doesn't want to lose it.
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June 24, 2006
From the off it's clear at once that Jonathan Glazer will be a ballsy, switched-on film-maker.
October 30, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2001
Aside from [Glazer's] visual flair and gallows humor, he's still subtracted much more than he's added.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 6, 2001
A marvelously suspenseful character study wrapped up in a refreshingly tight crime film.
June 29, 2001
One of the more interesting efforts in its genre, though it has been somewhat overrated.
June 29, 2001
The most original and entertaining crime thriller since The Limey.
June 28, 2001
A stylish, assured battle of wills, and a masterpiece of reverse casting.
June 25, 2001
As the mobster Don Logan in Sexy Beast, Ben Kingsley is so intensely frightening that it's as if the actor were on a personal mission to deep-six Gandhi and his loincloth once and for all.
June 22, 2001
I'm wondering what's so special about a film that has but one guilty pleasure and that's Ben Kingsley spraying saliva-lubricated variants of the F-word.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
June 22, 2001
Riotously entertaining, and with a big heart, too.
June 22, 2001
Glazer directs from Louis Mellis and David Scinto's script like a man who knows the outer limits of a bad dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 22, 2001
Quirky details of character, implied but unstated background and lovely performances keep us enthralled.
June 22, 2001
It remains first and foremost an involving story about its characters.
June 22, 2001
I didn't know Kingsley had such notes inside him. Obviously, he can play anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2001
Its mix of surrealism, coolly chic visuals, and juicy acting leapfrogs it ahead of most of the competition.
June 21, 2001
An engaging conflagration of British B-flick, cockney wit and gallows humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 21, 2001
Marks a debut of amazing panache and confidence by music video director Jonathan Glazer.
June 21, 2001
The best British crime thriller in years.
June 21, 2001
A noir masterpiece with Oscar-caliber performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 15, 2001
[Glazer] makes an audacious contribution to British crime drama with this first feature, delivering a smack to the head of a moribund genre.
June 14, 2001
Confident, mature, deeply conceived, and convincingly inhabited, it's a surprisingly humane film.
June 13, 2001
It brought back some of the excitement I felt nearly a decade ago watching Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 13, 2001
Nervy, cheeky and totally absorbing crime noir in which the humans are far more hair-raising than the heist.
June 13, 2001
Kingsley burns up the screen as a foul-mouthed Cockney gangster.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 13, 2001
Has a strong plot (credit the writing team of Louis Mellis and David Scinto) and a pair of excellent performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 13, 2001
Glazer's style is the cinematic slang of the moment, and his fresh take on an old genre opens some breathing space.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 13, 2001
An extraordinary and original creation.
June 13, 2001
Delivers not only sensation but also, more remarkably, feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 12, 2001
What distinguishes Sexy Beast from the recent rash of British gangster films is Glazer's investment in character and performance.
June 12, 2001
It's Kingsley who will fire you up. He's dynamite.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 28, 2001
A suspenseful 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2001
A wonderfully stylish thriller packed with astoundingly good performances.
February 28, 2001
An often enjoyable, massively uneven Brit ganglander.