The Gentlemen

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It may not win writer-director Guy Ritchie many new converts, but for those already attuned to the filmmaker's brash wavelength, The Gentlemen stands tall.

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Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes -- including bribery and blackmail -- from shady characters who want to steal his domain.

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Critic Reviews for The Gentlemen

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  • The MTV-style editing feels passé, its humor smug and fratty.

    March 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For all its energy and vulgarity, The Gentlemen is a slog, a tedious and unnecessarily unpleasant tour of ground that Ritchie's already covered.

    February 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Telegraphing dialogue, Tarantino-speak tributes, and a third act plot logjam are tantamount to bringing ants to the picnic, but there's enough repellent on board so as not to bother or distract too much.

    February 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Guy Ritchie goes full reactionary in the outdated and uninteresting The Gentlemen, a boring slog of racist caricatures masquerading as style.

    January 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's not that Ritchie's film doesn't have some zip... But the movie time and time again exalts the gallantry of its gentlemen heroes at the expense of those unlike them. It gives this glass of Gritchie's English Lore a bitter taste.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I found this movie relentlessly entertaining.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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  • Dec 18, 2020
    The Gentlemen is a welcome return to Guy Ritchie's "Blighty" (England). Ritchie specializes in complex criminal plots with a motley crew of criminal gangs, some competent, some hilariously inept. He also excels at the rat-a-tat dialogue which is comparable to its master, Quentin Tarantino. The acting is phenomenal ... * Matthew McConaughey is excellent as England's "king of pot;" * Charlie Dunham is the best "fixer" a guy could ask for; * Colin Farrell has a scene stealing role as a tough mentor to "troubled teenagers;" and ... * Hugh Grant is oh-so-beautiful as he continues to play against type as the tabloid journalist huckster. The Gentlemen is pure relentless fun.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2020
    For awhile, it's enjoyably old fashioned Guy Richie that is until the plot twists spin out of control. That said Hugh Grant gives a hell of a performance and he makes the whole thing worth it.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2020
    Guy Ritchie deliciously returns to the slimy underworld of slimy Brit gangsters, a modern day Shakespere no less, a film filled with likeable lowlifes who mouth quotable damnations dedicated to utter destruction. And all of these scum are in love, secretly or no, with the idea of the imagined highlife of royalty, and so all want it, even a little part. The cast indulge these lowlifes dreaming of the highlife with a kind of flummoxed humanity, one and all, to wonderful enjoyment such as only Damon Runyon could do for American audiences. A treat.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2020
    Guy Richie has been a director that hasn't always blown me away in the past. I've been amused by his outings with Sherlock Holmes and quite enjoyed The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but I wasn't even all that impressed by his fan favourites, like Snatch. For myself, I see that's he's now on a nice little streak. I really enjoyed his live-action remake of Aladdin and I think The Gentlemen may be my favourite film he has ever done. Although it does get a little self-indulgent at times, here's why I believe The Gentlemen may impress you, even though you may need to have an acquired taste for it.  The Gentlemen tells the story of Michael Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), a man who wishes to sell off his Marijuana empire in order to escape from the crimes he has committed. This leads to a lot of blackmailing and mistakes, which then leads to death and chaos. However, at its core, this film is about Fletcher (Hugh Grant), a man who is trying to make this story into a feature film. This element was probably my favourite portion, as it tied current events into past events, which made for an interesting experience. Sadly, that formula became a little self-indulgent by the final act. As I mentioned, Guy Richie, who directed this film, has a very unique style. To get the negative out of the way first, without ruining anything for viewers, there is a scene towards the end of the movie that breaks the fourth wall in ways I haven't seen in a while. That particular scene left a bad taste in my mouth, but I enjoyed the rest of the movie too much to let that be a huge detractor. From his witty/snappy dialogue to his hilarious choices of the way certain characters speak, he has certainly not lost touch with the types of movies he likes to make. For myself, this one just happened to work for me, more than any of his previous original work. From Matthew McConaughey to Charlie Hunnam (who is fantastic in this role), Colin Ferrell to Henry Golding, and the rest of the endless talent, The Gentlemen is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the talent on-screen. I was actually worried throughout the first 20 to 30 minutes that it felt a little messy and that these actors wouldn't have many ways to shine, but I was wrong. This movie finds its footing by the end of the first act and never lets up. I was thoroughly impressed by the acting, screenplay, and overall editing throughout the film, that my complaints never ruined my enjoyment.  In the end, The Gentlemen isn't a perfect movie and Guy Richie definitely pats himself on the back a little too often this time, but I would be lying if I didn't say I had an absolute blast. The dialogue came a mile-a-minute and it was either important to the story, clever for the sake of being clever, or simply hilarious, and I just ate that aspect up. The quick style of this movie won't be for everyone, but if you happen to enjoy that sort of thing, then you may just love this movie. I like that style when it's done well and it really worked for me here. The Gentlemen is a fun time and I recommend checking it out.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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