Brighton Rock
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Screenwriter Rowan Joffe's debut feature Brighton Rock embraces the classic elements of film noir and the British gangster film to tell the story of Pinkie, a desperate youth who is hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. When a young and very innocent waitress, Rose, stumbles on evidence linking him to a revenge killing, he sets out to seduce her to secure her silence. The film stars up-and-coming British actors Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough as the young couple. Veterans Helen Mirren and John Hurt co-star as two friends who set out to save Rose from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"Drab in color, with very little of Brighton-they shot in neighboring Eastbourne, apparently because Brighton is too posh now to be its old self."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
""Brighton Rock" doesn't rise to classic status, but it's an intriguing mood piece."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Joffe's removal of the story from the classical theatricality of the 1930s to the more contemporary and hip aesthetic of the 1960s just doesn't work in all the ways he may have intended."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Writer-director Rowan Joffe ... maintains an air of gritty conviction."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"You'll be fascinated by your visit, but when it's time to leave you'll be more than glad to get out."
‑ Dave White,
"As remakes go, this "Brighton Rock" is probably unnecessary, but it's a well- acted, stylishly filmed thriller and a good story well told."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Joffe commits the novice director's mistake of using every visual trick in the book and a few not yet recorded."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"...a worthless waste of time that wears out its welcome almost immediately."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The film is ripe for Helen Mirren to grab, and she handily makes off with it."
‑ Kent Turner, School Library Journal
"Brighton Rock is frustrating in that it allows glimpses into a world that it refuses to fully embrace."
‑ Rebecca Murray,
"There's a brutish beauty to the mean world of Brighton Rock that feels very '40s even in the '60s."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Evocative music and stylish visual flourishes from first-time director Rowan Joffe bring heft to a predictable thriller set during a summer of youthful unrest."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Doesn't capture the whole of Greeneland, but at least portrays one aspect of it reasonably well."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Please read the book instead."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's a hollow film, concerned more with detail than emotion or character and so it comes off more like a filmmaking exercise than an engaging story, and it never justifies its existence."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
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