Son of a Gun Reviews

Top Critic
February 4, 2015
A not-so-thrilling heist thriller that drones along mechanically between explosions and car crashes with Ewan McGregor, who is making entirely too many movies these days, none of them worth writing home about.
January 29, 2015
Son of a Gun is an entertaining heist thriller starring Ewan McGregor that takes the well-trodden territory of the prison break and the criminal afterlife and sets it in the gold mines, beach resorts and skanky motels of Australia.
January 29, 2015
McGregor, who is having a bit of comeback moment right now, is kind of great as the ruthless antihero, and the action set pieces have plenty of fizz.
January 29, 2015
Superficial pleasures aside, this sun-bleached buddy crime flick is too light for the long game.
January 26, 2015
It's all put together with a crisp confidence that suggests its writer-director will swiftly move on to bigger things.
January 23, 2015
It's a little heavy on incident, and a little light on soul.
January 23, 2015
"Son of a Gun" is a derivative crime thriller that sputters when it should propel, skims when it should probe.
January 22, 2015
"Son of a Gun" adds to the mystique that Australian crime films are meaner, nastier and more brutish than their American counterparts. But it changes style roughly every half-hour.
January 22, 2015
A thoroughly generic action flick in which a gang of thieves without much honor attempt to pull off one last big heist.
January 21, 2015
The film's trajectory is as predictable as a bullet's: There's crosses and double-crosses, clumsily inserted strip club scenes, and instant professions of eternal love
January 21, 2015
First-time director Julius Avery plays the action by the book. None of the plot twists - from the central heist to a distracting romance - is particularly persuasive.
January 21, 2015
Begins with an enticingly dark first act in jail, but descends steadily downward into a mass of clichés.
January 20, 2015
While Avery handles the kinetic action set-piece with impressive swagger for a first-timer, his self-penned screenplay is a major weak point.
January 14, 2015
Aussie writer-director Julius Avery's over-plotted feature debut is a gritty crime flick that crackles with menace and explores the age-old question of whether there's honor among thieves.
Top Critic
October 20, 2014
At best, the pic serves as a showy grab-bag of thriller varieties for which the helmer demonstrates equal aptitude; at worst, it points to a narrative attention span that hasn't yet evolved from his award-winning short film work.
October 16, 2014
The action sequences are tense and well-executed and the performances are strong, but the film slips away a little in the later stages, caught up in too many plot twists, turns and somewhat unlikely contrivances.
October 16, 2014
Son of a Gun is silly but fun entertainment marred by slow patches, wonky writing and unempathetic characters.
October 15, 2014
The deliberately chaotic climax is smoothly sustained, and some adroitly applied plot twists revealing the final shape of things has the McGregor grin flashing and fading then doing it all over again.