(2004)

Critic Reviews

73

Metascore

Based on 30 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Entertainment Weekly
Fast, convulsive, and densely exciting new British gangster thriller.
88
Craig is fascinating here as a criminal who is very smart, and finds that is not an advantage because while you might be able to figure out what another smart person is about to do, dumbos like the men he works for are likely to do anything.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
Things get a little tricky by the end, but it's the sort of trickery that's immensely satisfying.
88
Chicago Tribune
Don't let the fast-and-loose vibe fool you: Right up to its operatic finale, this is one tight one last job.
88
Charlotte Observer
Doesn't reveal all its layers until you've taken the last bite.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Smartly put together, with interesting characters and caustic wit.
75
A crime drama in a special class.
75
There's a lot here to feed crime-fiction enthusiasts.
75
New York Daily News
Laced with flashbacks and stylistic tics, but it never loses its forward momentum, and to the last shot, it avoids predictability.
75
Miami Herald
It's like "Lock, Stock" as filtered through the mind of David Mamet, with Craig as the suave middleman holding it all together.
75
New York Post
This is a smart, vivid, thrillingly real gangster picture that nevertheless resembles many others.

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