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Get Carter stars Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a powerful British gangster out for blood. His brother has been murdered in Newcastle, prompting Carter to declare a one-man war on other racketeers. Carter must also get his niece out of the life she is leading as an actress in pornographic films. Now that he is a loose cannon, Carter must be eliminated. Get Carter is typical action fare of the 1970s in that there are virtually no "good guys" -- in fact, the assassin is probably the most likable character in the piece! Originally rated X for violence and female nudity, Get Carter was… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"It wallows in its ceaseless bloodbath and emerges like its protagonist -- sleazy and second-rate."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Caine has been mucking about in a series of potboilers, undermining his acting reputation along the way, but Get Carter shows him as sure, fine and vicious -- a good hero for an action movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ranks up there with the likes of The Long Good Friday as one of the finest home grown films of the past 30 years."
‑ , Film4
"A classic British crime-thriller that's as mean and uncompromising as its vengeful main character. Caine is in top form."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Regarded as one of the best British films of all times."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Mike Hodges' top-notch adaptation of a Ted Lewis novel not only maintains interest but conveys with rare artistry, restraint and clarity the many brutal, sordid and gamy plot turns."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[VIDEO ESSAY] ...represents the apex of the British Gangster genre for the its realistically gritty tone, fetishized eroticism, and dynamic attention to details..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Mike Hodges is a steely Diebenkorn, dry and dangerous"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Cínico, cruel e surpreendentemente charmoso, Carter é um dos melhores personagens da longa carreira de Caine - e as locações, os diálogos e a montagem fazem jus a ele."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Caine's performance as Jack Carter has gone on to become the epitome of cool, with his measured and ruthless portrayal of a man consumed with revenge."
‑ Almar Haflidason, BBC
"Refusing ever to dwell, it cuts sharp rather than deep, but sharp enough."
‑ , Time Out
"While Caine would like to think of himself as one of Chandler's or Hammett's lonely avengers, he is really nothing more than a vicious brute with a warped sense of honor, trapped between the past and the present."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Its finest triumph may be that it's still more immediate and brutal than almost any of the films that it inspired."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"THIS is the good version of the crime saga."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Nasty, violent and sexy all at once."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
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