Bronson (2009)

In 1974, a misguided 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Undeniably gripping, Bronson forces the viewer to make some hard decisions about where the line between art and exploitation lies.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

This is psychotic behavior as performance art, and Hardy makes it irresistible.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

"Nuffin' wonky about my upbringing," Bronson says, early on. Nothing wonky about Hardy's performance, either.

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Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)

It's not a masterpiece by any stretch; but it's original and pacy, and those qualities are rare enough.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Part literate black comedy, part surrealistic character study, part horror movie, Bronson is a sophisticated confection, rich and dark, sprinkled with bitter little jokes.

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

A pointless exercise in morbidity.

Damon Wise
Radio Times

Hardy does an admirable job of making this monster human, which he achieves with surprising wit and a visceral, attention-grabbing passion.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Itâ(TM)s a meditation on the art of rage -- an action painting passing itself off as an action movie.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Bronson is one of those "based on a true story" dramatizations where the theatrically staged drama only gets in the way of the more interesting truth.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

...the film can barely contain Tom Hardy's performance. It's a Method turn so bloodily immersive it's hard to imagine the actor getting his head straight afterwards.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A very arty look (a nod to All That Jazz is not inappropriate) at a knucklehead sociopath who was Britain's most violent prisoner. Hardy is good at it, but… More
Alex roy
Brilliant and eccentric drama film starring Tom Hardy as Charles Bronson born Michael Peterson who is Britain's most violent prisoner. This is a great film… More
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Eric Shankle
"Bronson" is brutal to say the least. Tom Hardy's acting is one reason to watch this film because he does such an amazing job. On the other hand,… More
Al S
An ultra-stylish, visceral, electrifying and explosive thrill-ride that's an acid trip into one man's own personal chaos and brutal nature. A bold,… More
paul oh
Its interesting....that no one can deny. Tom Hardy pours his heart into this role and gives off his best. Its really mental but in the end entertaining to those… More