Layer Cake
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Just as a successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, eyes an early retirement from the business, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I like Layer Cake a lot."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The intricate thing dodges and feints and twists this way and turns that way until, by the time of the alleged resolution, we've lost our bearings completely."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Only the accents are thicker than double-crosses in a thriller that's stylish and sleek - note lyrically appropriate use of Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" in one sequence - but also assuredly delirious, ethically hefty and unpredictably treacherous."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"[A] fun, snappy crime caper that begins with a wryly understated take on the "one-last-job-and-I'm-out" subgenre."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A smart thrill ride with one magnificent finish."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It's a little bleak, a little twisted, a little gory, and a lot funny."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's almost too much to follow, but the style, proven by Ritchie time and again, is irresistible."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
""Layer Cake" is a stylized British noir full of clever twists, biting dialogue, and plenty of ironic violence."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Intense story about low-level organized crime figures embroiled in a deadly conspiracy."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Fun stuff indeed, even if you might need the subtitles to help decipher all the Britspeak."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"The film is lamentably short of narrative coherence."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A heavyweight gangster picture worthy of being included in with the greats."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A história bem amarrada é beneficiada ainda pelo senso de humor seco e eficaz, ao passo que o elenco confere charme a um bando de personagens inescrupulosos e a direção de Vaughn, associada à inventiva montagem, torna o filme sempre instigante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"protagonist's narration puts the film's complex plot into much broader economic, political and cultural context."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"It does nothing revolutionary, but it handles the basics with entertaining aplomb."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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