44 Inch Chest
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Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, and Joanne Whalley star in first-time feature filmmaker Malcolm Venville's darkly comic tale of a man who rallies his friends in order to seek revenge against the French waiter who recently slept with his wife. Sexy Beast scribes Louis Mellis and David Scinto pen the screenplay for a film produced by Richard Brown and Steve Golin. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"After a while you can see why the wayward wife moved on to fresher prospects. Our man Ray is all talk, no bloody action."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's an interesting spectacle, but not enough to carry a movie."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"A deliberately stagy rumination on the price of revenge."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"It boasts a crackerjack cast and a richly dense script, and scenes of inspired fantasy and hallucinatory nightmarish power."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"This talky crime drama is a searing examination of masculinity and misogyny that is littered with rampant profanity and lashings of humour."
‑ Gavin Bond, Sunday Times (Australia)
"With violence on the menu, it's a guilty pleasure to watch these stage-trained hambones unleash a rapid-fire roundelay of righteous indignation."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The whole thing feels like middle-period Mamet with English accents, and not much to say."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"...an uneven yet engrossing drama that benefits substantially from the efforts of its unusually impressive roster of performers."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"As an exercise in gender de-construction it's a crude bit of irony."
‑ Peter Galvin, sbs.com.au
"The title suggests an exploration of the macho notion of masculinity, and while the theme filters through, it is less than satisfying; the film also lacks layers, making it a one-note movie with the odd flash of wit"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The frequently profane dialogue suggests David Mamet on an off-night (so does Malcolm Venville's claustrophobia-inducing direction), though the first-rate cast works hard."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Is this a documentary about a porn professional? Or a gym rat? Neither. It's a stagy, half-entertaining, half-tedious acting competition between five excellent Englishmen."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"I can't help thinking it's a waste of talent."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"A verbose exercise in profanity that wastes the talent of a bunch of fine actors who sit around and discuss how best to restore the bruised ego of one of their hardened gang."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Filled with actorly weight, this top-heavy film needs a back brace"
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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