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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Paul McGuigan and cast infuse the proceedings with a strong dose of psychotic gusto and visual flare."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"The film has a kind of hard, cold effect."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Despite some really good performances especially from Bettany, this is a pretty terrible movie..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
". . .captures the kinetic quality of the 60s with jump-action pacing, groovy camera angles and the occasional split screen treatment that never crosses the line into camp."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"McGuigan has assembled a stellar all-British cast in which there are no weak links."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Doesn't offer much besides glib soullessness, raunchy language and a series of brutal set pieces ... that raise the bar on stylized screen violence."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Gangster No. 1 is solid, satisfying fare for adults."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A stylish, confused and insanely violent gangster drama from a first-time Brit director."
‑ Dan Fazio, Citysearch
"It certainly feels unique, and sets itself apart from most American gangster films in its stark refusal to paint the lead gangster as likable or indeed anything other than the vicious socio-psychopath he is."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"Malcolm McDowell is cool. Paul Bettany is cool. Paul Bettany playing Malcolm McDowell? Cool."
‑ David Cornelius, Hollywood Bitchslap
"Clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"They crush each other under cars, throw each other out windows, electrocute and dismember their victims in full consciousness. And we don't avert our eyes for a moment."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"...cool shots do not a riveting film make."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's a handsomely ugly affair, well dressed enough to make a few friends, but tough enough to make just as many enemies."
‑ Mark Kermode, Sight and Sound
"Not as well-written as Sexy Beast, not as gloriously flippant as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but stylish and moody and exceptionally well-acted."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
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