Bugsy (1991)

Bugsy is a character study of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel wrapped up in a gangster movie. Siegel (Warren Beatty in a flashy performance) arrives in California in the Forties, assigned to oversee the L.A. rackets. He is quickly… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 13, 1991
DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stylishly scattered, Bugsy offers cinematic homage to the infamous underworld legend, chiefly through a magnetic performance from Warren Beatty in the title role.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

From James Toback's crackling script to Warren Beatty's electric performance as gangster Ben Siegel, Bugsy is so engrossing that you feel uncharitable mentioning that while splendid in individual scenes, Barry Levinson's movie lacks propulsion.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A great deal of the fun of watching this very assured film is seeing with what energetic panache the actor takes on the mantle of the mobster J. Edgar Hoover once called "the most dangerous man in America."

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Beatty and Annette Bening charge their roles with energy, and the supporting cast includes such talents as Harvey Keitel, Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, and Elliott Gould in sturdy performances.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

What finally distinguishes Bugsy from other mob movies is its ever-present sense of the absurd.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The picture belongs, in every sense of the word, to Beatty.

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People Magazine

While Bugsy expertly captures the glamor of '40s Hollywood, it fails as the drama of a man whose dreams of glory lure him to an ignominious end.

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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune

Insouciant and flashy, co-producer Beatty is at his best when evoking the narcissistic, show-business side of Siegel.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Most actors give more contained performances as they get older or else they risk self-parody. Beatty, who has always seemed larger than life, gets even larger with age -- and on him it looks good.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

A clump of casinos in the sand is evidence of something, but I'm pretty sure it's not greatness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
A true American classic. A masterpiece, plain and simple. One of the most entertaining and exhilerating gangster films ever made. A bold, stylish and remarkable… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Cab Driver: That's Bugsy Siegel's house. Harry Greenberg: He doesn't like that name. Cab Driver: Everybody calls him that. Harry Greenberg: Not… More
jay nixon
Stylistically impressive but overlong portrait of the famous gangster. The supporting roles are filled with great actors doing fine work but the film rests on… More
Michael S
One of the most underrated gangster films. Warren Beatty is superb in the film's title role.
Randy Tippy
Warren Beatty as a vain egotistical, self-centered, womanizer? Hmmmm...
Michael Gildea
A great mobster movie/biopic.