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London Boulevard

6/10
Drama . Crime
 

A parolee battles a gangster for the affections of a reclusive movie star.

 
Actors: Matt King , Ben Chaplin , Eddie Marsan , Ophelia Lovibond , David Thewlis , Jamie Campbell Bower , Ray Winstone , Anna Friel , Colin Farrell , Keira Knightley
Directors: William Monahan
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2010-11-26
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  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It reminds me more of Shane Black's "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," though ultimately it's darker and more raggedy around the margins. Still, Monahan, like Black and unlike Ritchie, has some feeling for his characters.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Take a stroll down London Boulevard if you enjoy surly, smart, hard-edged British crime movies like "Sexy Beast" and "Croupier."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ray Bennett

    It satisfies not only in the tradition of yarns boiled hard and wry, but as a savvy comment on fame and ambition.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    As exercises in pulp go, this one yields a solid workout.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    The directorial debut of William Monahan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The Departed," London Boulevard collapses under the weight of its own ideas and the amount of talent it has to burn.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    That the plot is the problem comes as something of a surprise given Monahan's pedigree. The well-regarded screenwriter ("Body of Lies," "Kingdom of Heaven") won an Oscar for the deliciously conflicted cops and crime twister of 2006's "The Departed."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Monahan's debut has verve and charisma, but, in the end, the tension of a late-night pub shrug.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    A movie like this lives and dies by its finer details, and London Boulevard screws up by applying the same broad brush to its entire cast, meaning every character gets the same amount of shading.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    The result is a superficially handsome crime thriller that doesn't tick, although it's got a pretty, jeweled face, and some clever scripting by William Monahan (scribe of "The Departed"), making his directorial debut here.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Cultivation and fine manners are nowhere to be found in the foul urban cesspool of William Monahan's London Boulevard. This palpitating mess of a movie certainly doesn't lack for pungent atmosphere.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Had the film stood still more often, its stylish gambit would have worked better.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Fear

    This full-clip misfire reminds us of a valuable lesson: Not even talent, tastefully dressed tough guys and a metropolitan backdrop dripping with after-hours menace can compensate for a complete lack of momentum or drama.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Guilty, with one or two mitigating circumstances.

    Empire Full Review
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