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Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running nightclubs and protection rackets. With police Detective Leonard "Nipper" Read hot on their heels, the brothers continue their rapid rise to power and achieve tabloid notoriety.

Actors: Aneurin Barnard , Chazz Palminteri , Paul Anderson , Christopher Eccleston , Colin Morgan , David Thewlis , Taron Egerton , Emily Browning , Tom Hardy , Millie Brady , Joshua Hill
Directors: Brian Helgeland
Country: UK , FRANCE
Release: 2015-11-20
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  • Jamie Graham

    It’s flawed, yes – Frances is frustratingly underwritten, her psychological fault lines spoken of but never shown – but it’s also swaggeringly cinematic. And it has Tom Hardy vs Tom Hardy.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Helgeland’s savvy new take on this well-known story proves that crime can pay, while Hardy is astonishing and magnetic in two truly towering performances.

    Empire Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    In what is surely his finest hour, Tom Hardy plays both brothers. Much more than a gimmick, it’s like watching one side of a mind wrestle with the other – literally, in one explosive, fun-to-unpick fight scene.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Tom Hardy manages the brilliant trick of playing two physically, emotionally and intellectually distinct mobster brothers in Legend.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Kevin P. Sullivan

    The film’s saving grace is Hardy, who is as ferocious and watchable as ever, acting smooth and brooding as Reggie and unhinged as Ronnie.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy are the reasons to see Legend.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Legend reminds us how easily a pretty star can get us to feel for people we'd deplore in real life — a monster's a monster, no matter how big its heart or soulful its strut.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    For all Hardy’s expressive detail and physical creativity, Helgeland’s chewy, incident-packed script offers little insight into what made either of these contrasting psychopaths tick, or finally explode.

    Variety Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    When the two Krays are in the same room, circling each other with a mix of fraternal affection and deep loathing, Legend is as heady and unforgettable as it means to be. The rest of the time, it’s a movie with a lot of good points, but no connecting line.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The good news: Hardy creates two memorable characters, making some bold and always entertaining if not entirely successful choices. The bad news: Somehow, the fictionalized version of the terrifying, violent and twisted Krays manages to be pedestrian and derivative for long stretches.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Legend is more than a gimmick, but not quite enough. The movie’s a testament to the Krays’ ability to get away with everything — for a while, anyway. But it’s better evidence of Tom Hardy’s ability to do just about anything.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Working from his own screenplay, director Brian Helgeland clearly has a feel for the Krays’ criminal milieu, but it’s not long before repetition sets in. There’s only so much brutality that even the most bloodthirsty audience can tolerate.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Helgeland's script is hit-and-miss, not on the Oscar-winning level of his L.A. Confidential. Still, Hardy is a show all by himself, an actor flying without a net and having a ball. You will too.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Hardy, it seems, is an ecosystem of love and hate and betrayal and madness unto himself. The rest of Legend just can’t keep up.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Walsh

    Legend crucially lacks almost any sense of gravitas, although the bold and brash approach does keep you entertained.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    While he arguably fails to rein in his leading man (or half of him), screenwriter-turned-director Helgeland has a light touch, leavening the ultra-violence – and there are gory scenes – with a flair for absurdity.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Fionnuala Halligan

    It’s easy to buy Hardy’s dual performance, and it doesn’t get in the way of the film – although some actor-ly exuberance in the delivery of Ronnie can sound an off-note, with Hardy using some facial prosthetics around the jaw line which aren’t particularly subtle.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    It’s worth the price of admission just to see Hardy’s Reggie performance, which is up among his best work. Still, the story could have perhaps used a more inspired hand at the helm.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Legend seems like a movie Scorsese might have made if he wasn’t paying attention - the elements are present but they are clumsily assembled and the outcome underwhelms.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Hardy is extraordinarily good at evoking the fraught fraternal connection between the Krays.... But the film is ultimately unable to plumb the Krays’ deepest souls, if they even have any.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    Legend offers two Hardys for the price of one but delivers less than a satisfying whole despite the efforts of its star(s).

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Mostly Legend just lurches.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    As told by Helgeland this Legend simply isn't memorable, because a tremendous effort by Hardy is let down by unfocused storytelling.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Hardy’s virtuosity saves the picture’s artificiality at nearly every turn.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The script may be flawed and the narrative storytelling mechanical, but the period details are fascinating, the camerawork swaggers across a maze of squalid row houses and nightclub floors with visual velocity, and whenever either one Tom Hardy (or both) is onscreen, Legend is engrossing stuff indeed.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The movie was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, whose screenplay for “L.A. Confidential” (1997) won an Oscar — deservedly so, for the skein of plot required a steady hand. Legend, by contrast, pummels us into believing that it has a plot, where none exists.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Benjamin Lee

    It’s a disappointingly shallow take on a fascinating period of time and leaves us sorely uninformed, as if we’ve skim-read a pamphlet. The legend might live on but Legend certainly won’t.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    This ungainly portrait strikes a lot of poses, as if inviting the viewer to admire its impressive cast list, fine period detailing, "cheeky" British humor, and insouciant attitude towards violence. But none of it disguises the fact that the film is also tonally incoherent, vacuous and structurally a bleedin' mess.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Such a muddle right off the bat. Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    Given how Legend's script is so bereft of insight into its characters' psyches, perhaps there's only so much even an actor of Tom Hardy's stature can do.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    To take such a subject and render it without focus, interest, or joy—to make a long, dull movie from it — qualified as some perverse sort of achievement.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Supermensch is one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    The movie borders on hagiography, but Gordon is a charmingly voluble storyteller; he’s like Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World recast as a balding Jewish guy from Long Island.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Supermensch is a strong first outing from Myers that plays like that one round of drinks that gets everyone telling stories at the end of a boozy night.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • David D'Arcy

    Myers brings energy to his first film the way he brought it to his early comedy – a little too much.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Phil de Semlyen

    It might veer towards hagiography at times, but its subject is so entertaining you don't even care.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    What makes the film more than just a starstruck string of great stories is that it also gets at the loss and longing in Gordon's life.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    It’s a portrait that’s equal parts shtick and soul — in other words, exactly what "The Love Guru" should have been.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Its affection for this prince among putzes is infectious: Within the first five minutes, you’ll find yourself liking this man despite hardly knowing him.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Stamets

    Supermensch sells the impression that its subject is a genuinely good guy.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    For a while, you can feel like a part of the golden circle.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    Any slack, though is picked up by Shep Gordon, who seems every inch the "supermensch" of the title — splendid company, a sterling storyteller, and yeah, a real mensch.

    NPR Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Though visually unimpressive, Myers’ film is surprisingly rich and expansive in its ideas.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Jonathan Kiefer

    Spry, if sprawling, Supermensch warmheartedly affirms the Gordonian style of karmic contemplation.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Rooney

    The documentary is brisk and engaging but feels somewhat scattered. Myers’ inexperience as a filmmaker shows in its choppy narrative.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The movie’s focus on good vibes and high times leaves little room to contemplate the more human story. Regardless, the movie is good-natured and an enjoyable watch. If Myers really just wanted to show his appreciation, he went above and beyond.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Yet for all the love emanating from client-pals Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Emeril Lagasse, and Steven Tyler, there’s a sadness to this movie that remains just off camera.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The movie is like sitting at a restaurant with a guy who’s got some of the best stories you’ve heard in your life — provided, that is, that you’re into stories about showbiz. Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Myers' sense of humor is interspersed throughout the engaging film, which consists of a host of wild stories, as well as vivid archival footage, talking heads and cleverly made re-enactments.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    It’s an affectionate, sometimes downright slobbery career salute with a soft, unexamined center — a moving experience for all involved, no doubt, but one of limited interest outside the celebrity bubble it depicts.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    Mr. Gordon is likable, though it would be naïve to think he is unaware of cultivating his own image here.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Friends of Shep discuss his often unorthodox business sense, especially in the music biz, as well as his general decency. The guy’s tale is full of funny anecdotes and celeb privilege, but short on pretension.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Light, frenetic and anecdote-rich, it's the kind of back-patting Hollywood toast to the guy behind the guy that's breezy good fun if you don't examine it too hard.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    As much fun as it is, this all-star tribute is awfully one-note, never questioning Gordon’s seemingly casual habit of befriending only the ultra-famous.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    As a result, this well-meaning puff piece sometimes appears to double as an extended video-dating profile: Generous sexagenarian seeks stable younger woman for procreation.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Supermensch is a loving tribute to a friend, but in gushing effusively and endlessly over Gordon—who, it should be noted, really does seem like a great guy—Myers shortchanges the audience.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    A glorified act of hero worship that leaves one hard-pressed to form any conclusion other than an infinitely positive one about Shep Gordon.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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