Formula 51
Formula 51 (2002)

First-time screenwriter Stelios Pavlou enjoyed a major success with this script that he wrote while working in an English liquor store by sending it to actor Samuel L. Jackson, who signed on for one of the lead roles. Jackson is Elmo… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 18, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Filled with profanities, Formula 51 is a stylized and incoherent mess that doesn't add up to much.

Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

Excessive, profane, packed with cartoonish violence and comic-strip characters.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This thing is just garbage.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Missing: plot, dialogue, characters.

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Jeff Stark

Director Yu seems far more interested in gross-out humor than in showing us well-thought stunts or a car chase that we haven't seen 10,000 times.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Stars Samuel L. Jackson in the worst role of his career.

Michael Dequina

Overdirected, overacted, generally overwrought mess.

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Justine Elias
Village Voice

Dull-witted caper.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Ridiculous, dispiriting and ... coarse.

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Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

After creating the most addictive drug known to man, Samuel Jackson and Robert Carlyle go on the run looking for a buyer in what turns out to be a joyride of a movie that takes its inspiration from similar films that have come before it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Directors Cat
Some good performances and funny moments.
xGary Xx
A kilt wearing American pharmacologist comes to Liverpool to sell the formula for a new kind of street drug, but his former employer sends a hitwoman after him… More
Jani H
Came out at a time when Guy Ritchie was The Coolest director (not the director here though) and Sam Jackson and Robert Carlyle were The Coolest actors. So we… More
Michael Gildea
Formula 51 is a forgettable Guy Ritchie knockoff that seems to get more painful to watch as it gets closer to the end credits. The performances for the most… More
Ross Collins
Around the turn of the millennium there were a whole host of action flicks trying to out cool each other. They seem dated now, but at least this story of a… More

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