(2004)

Critic Reviews

73

Metascore

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100
Entertainment Weekly
Fast, convulsive, and densely exciting new British gangster thriller.
80
Smartly put together, with interesting characters and caustic wit.
80
Variety
There's a proper lived-in believability about Layer Cake's depiction of how the worlds of the rich, the criminal and the criminally rich intersect.
80
The newest in British gangland entertainment and the tastiest in years.
75
There's a lot here to feed crime-fiction enthusiasts.
70
Film Threat
The writing is crisp and deeply layered, and the filmmakers gave themselves a rich array of actors to work with.
70
The A.V. Club
The always-dependable and chameleon-like Craig has the chops and substance for that kind of film, but Vaughn prefers to keep matters brisk and superficial.
70
A sleek, effective entertainment that is a refreshing respite from the slick emptiness of recent American crime dramas.
60
The result is so intoxicating, it hardly matters that you've heard it all before.
50
Village Voice
What's abundantly clear is how far this kind of moviemaking has come from any knowledge of real criminal life; it's a geek's ineffectual daydream of mayhem.

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