The Limehouse Golem

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The Limehouse Golem offers old-school Hammer-style horror anchored by rich period detail and strong work from a solid cast.

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The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer - dubbed The Limehouse Golem - is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim's blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) - a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he's being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Olivia Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.

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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (20)

  • Surprisingly, and thankfully, Limehouse Golem ends up becoming the film you didn't know you wanted yet are so glad to have received. It's perfectly pitched, with a tongue ever-so-slightly in cheek.

    January 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The murders are gruesome and artful and production design is top-notch, but we'd trade some of it in a heartbeat for a little less "golem" and a little more living, breathing soul in the script.

    April 16, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Riotous and gory fun, with some truly pantomime performances thrown in for good measure. It's just a pity that the story itself isn't quite as clever as it would have you first believe.

    February 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to rise above the murky atmosphere it weaves. And the plot itself is as dense as the low-lying London fog.

    December 18, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The feminist critique is present in the dialogue and narrative structure, but it hardly feels integrated into the performances or the images. For all that Medina does with it, The Limehouse Golem might just as well have stayed on the page.

    November 10, 2017 | Full Review…
  • ...the best 19th century feminist backstage drama/murder mystery you'll see this year.

    November 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 30, 2017
    I did enjoy the delightful dialogue and solid performances, but this Victorian-era detective story tries so hard to be smart and surprising (with an "unexpected" big twist in the end) that it doesn't realize how predictable it is in its baffling stupidity.
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