Critic Reviews

52

Metascore

Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
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.
75
Take a stroll down London Boulevard if you enjoy surly, smart, hard-edged British crime movies like "Sexy Beast" and "Croupier."
70
It satisfies not only in the tradition of yarns boiled hard and wry, but as a savvy comment on fame and ambition.
67
As exercises in pulp go, this one yields a solid workout.
50
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.
50
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."
50
Monahan's debut has verve and charisma, but, in the end, the tension of a late-night pub shrug.
40
Guilty, with one or two mitigating circumstances.
40
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.
40
Had the film stood still more often, its stylish gambit would have worked better.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for London Boulevard (2010) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Message Board