Mona Lisa
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Bob Hoskins plays George, a tough but basically goodhearted British mob flunky, recently released from prison, where he'd served a term to cover up for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Still willing to be everyone's doormat, George agrees to act as chauffeur for Simone (Cathy Tyson), a haughty, high-priced call girl. They don't like each other at first, but George begins to fall for her and take a protective interest. She implores him to help her find her only truly friend, a prostitute named Cathy (Kate Hardie). Touched by this devotion, George locates the girl, only to be… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"No wonder audiences have taken to this gritty romance as to a mongrel puppy; for at heart Mona Lisa is an old-fashioned poor-soul weepie, and George is less a Cagney rakehell than a Chaplin tramp."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"It's like watching the departure of an ocean liner. After all of the initial excitement, you're left on the dock, alone, wondering what all the fuss was about."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A dreary but compelling romantic crime thriller about love being the important ingredient in life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The acting of Bob Hoskins in Jordan's disturbing Odd Couple tale is superb."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sublime acting all round, including a convincingly sinister Michael Caine as the big boss happy to profit from the loss of innocence."
‑ , Film4
"Skillfully combines comedy and thriller, romance and sleaze."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie's ending is a little too neat for my taste. But in a movie like this, everything depends on atmosphere and character, and Mona Lisa knows exactly what it is doing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A superb cast lead by Bob Hoskins in the performance of his career."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"As a study of social faÁades as a means of social climbing, and as a character study of Hoskins' would-be angel, Mona Lisa excels... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"manipulates the commodities of its genre to create something fresh and unique"
‑ Blake French,
"A wonderful achievement, a dark film with a generous heart in the shape of an extraordinarily touching performance from Hoskins."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"In an era when movies about love almost always invariably devolve into formulaic affairs, Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa stands out as an often-surprising, multi-layered achievement."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The bracing peaks of image, acting, and narrative architecture handily win the day over a scenario that always feels more like a willfully engineered exercise than a fully plausible reality."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A detailed, thoughtful film that sensitively explores the emotions within its seedy, exploitative milieu."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a crime film, and it can be intense and lurid, but it's first and foremost about these characters and Mona Lisa takes its time and gets to know them."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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