The Limehouse Golem Reviews

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April 16, 2019
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.
February 27, 2019
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.
December 18, 2017
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.
November 10, 2017
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 8, 2017
...the best 19th century feminist backstage drama/murder mystery you'll see this year.
November 8, 2017
The major problem lies with the story's all-too playful tone which diminishes the story's impact and the film's overall lack of originality.
October 13, 2017
The solid cast, including Eddie Marsan as a theatre impresario nicknamed Uncle, and Daniel Mays as Kildare's trusted lieutenant, helps keep the story afloat.
October 13, 2017
It translates novelist Peter Ackroyd's densely historical and cerebral foray into the horror genre into an entertainment, without being weighed down by Ackroyd's numerous fascinating but imaginative layers and tangents.
October 12, 2017
While The Limehouse Golem does offer the chance to spend some time with the companionable Bill Nighy, as a police detective in 1880s London, some viewers may wonder what he and they are doing there.
October 12, 2017
The struggle to reconcile the star-is-born theatre arc with the meat of Kildare's investigation pushed me out of the movie entirely.
October 4, 2017
As summer draws to a close, at least it's something different, the twists and turns of the last lap are genuinely good and the final dedication to Rickman distinctly poignant.
September 22, 2017
The violent impetuosity of its last scenes perfectly transmit the spirit of a film that shows the construction of an identity from the grand guignol. [Full review in Spanish]
September 15, 2017
The twists and turns aren't quite of Sherlock proportions, but... the film offers a perfectly engaging journey, with a delightfully unexpected final twist-within-a-twist.
September 15, 2017
The mystery is perhaps not enough mysterious, but the acting and the look and feel are worth the trip. Incidentally, one disappointment is that the plot has virtually nothing to do with golems.
September 14, 2017
There isn't much resting beneath the hood, so to speak, just elements of genre and craftsmanship buttressed by good work from the film's leads.
September 11, 2017
The moviemakers have more on their minds than mounting a Ripper-like Sherlockian detective case with an unusual blend of grit and lushness.
September 11, 2017
... this nasty little Victorian London horror film has more than a few blood-soaked charms of its own.
September 11, 2017
For those of us whose hearts skip beats at seeing good actors dressed in finery and speaking such eloquent prose (Jane Goldman's script is incredibly articulate), this is a must see.
September 11, 2017
If you accept that it won't break any new boundaries, the confidence with which it goes about its task is impressive.
September 10, 2017
Fans of oom-pah-pah revelry, Hammer Horrors, and Victorian-era introspection should find plenty to whet their appetites in "The Limehouse Golem."
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