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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Anyone interested after seeing this film [the 2011 version] should go straight to the 1947 original and the uncanny way in which the steadily decent and amiable Attenborough was so scary."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"This tends to prove that Britain can turn out a gangster picture as brutal as any Hollywood had devised."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A brutal look at the British underworld -- as seen through the amoral eyes of teenaged thug Pinkie Brown, played brilliantly by the 24 year-old Attenborough."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Director John Boulting brings the fabled Greeneland, that vile landscape ripened on sin and betrayal at the black heart of all his novels, to sensuous life."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"John Boulting's adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel stakes its claim as one of the darkest films ever to be made on these shores."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"The future Lord Dickie's sinister stylings are what linger, especially the vitriolic audio recording he makes for his betrothed, done as if damnation were the most casual of enterprises."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Brighton Rock is a classic example of filmmaking that remains hugely accessible despite its age..."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"nuanced and subtle"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Brighton Rock takes the US noir thriller formula and blends it with a striking vision of the British seaside town in the 1930s."
‑ , Film4
"If you have any kind of feel for noir films, this one is in the don't miss category."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A seedy noir, equal parts concealed-camera atmosphere and tense set pieces."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"As brassy, boozy, and blonde entertainer Ida Arnold, [Hermione Baddeley] is a blast of smoky and stale music-hall air."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Attenborough's Pinky is ... one of the scariest noir villains of all time."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Brighton Rock is worth another viewing simply as a reminder that gangster films are meant to be unsettling."
‑ Jake Arnott, Guardian
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