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Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Bloody and bloody funny, and Jackson and Carlyle make the best salt-and-pepper team since Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte knocked heads in ''48 HRS., '' but ultimately the movie can't find a way out of its own dead end.
It is possible, however improbable, that a "bad" movie can still be highly enjoyable. Formula 51 is such a film.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A formula flick. And the formula is not 51 times more entertaining than usual. Maybe 1.5, at best.
Entertainment Weekly
The film should have been called ''Lock, Stock and Two Wilting Barrels.''
Anything goes, though director Ronny Yu keeps the idiocy on a fast pace.
Philadelphia Inquirer
A messy fish-out-of-water gangland romp.
It's a movie that puts Samuel Jackson in kilts, Robert Carlyle in a red Jaguar, and the audience -- if they have any sense at all -- out in the lobby, looking for another picture.
It has graceful layers and folds and a nice swing to it, and Jackson moves superbly in it. Unfortunately, I'm talking about the kilt, not the movie.
Charlotte Observer
Passed as slowly as if I'd been sitting naked on an igloo, Formula 51 sank from quirky to jerky to utter turkey.
It isn't simple bad taste that Formula 51 deals in, but a total vacuum of feeling.
New York Daily News
Only Emily Mortimer maintains a measure of dignity, playing the slinky assassin named Dakota. Whether her restraint was by her design or the filmmakers', she'll come to appreciate that she all but disappears amid the caterwauling and purging of a story that should have died in Liverpool.
An execrable mess that leaves no genre cliché unturned or human body or soul untrammeled.

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