Gangster No. 1
Gangster No. 1 (2000)

In London's Soho section in the 1960's, a leading gangster boss teaches his ambitious young apprentice the secrets of his trade.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gangster No. 1 is brutally violent, yet also compelling.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Director Paul McGuigan and cast infuse the proceedings with a strong dose of psychotic gusto and visual flare.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film has a kind of hard, cold effect.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Despite some really good performances especially from Bettany, this is a pretty terrible movie...

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Doesn't offer much besides glib soullessness, raunchy language and a series of brutal set pieces ... that raise the bar on stylized screen violence.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Gangster No. 1 is solid, satisfying fare for adults.

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Dan Fazio

A stylish, confused and insanely violent gangster drama from a first-time Brit director.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie.

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Jan Stuart

They crush each other under cars, throw each other out windows, electrocute and dismember their victims in full consciousness. And we don't avert our eyes for a moment.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews shots do not a riveting film make.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Gangster No. 1 will never be the no. 1 gangster film, if nothing else, because its title is no good, but it's got its charm. Paul Bettany plays a very… More
Cynthia S.
I liked it for the extraordinary talents of Paul Bettany, who turned in one outstanding performance, as usual. It's an otherwise muddled mess the latter… More
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn
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Melvin White
Gangster 55: I'm Superman! King fucking Kong! I can pick you up and throw you a million miles. I'm number one.  "It's not who you know,… More
Stella Dallas
pretty enjoyable tale of the rise of a ruthless gangster in sixties mod london. the director's frenetic style is kind of annoying tho he's obviously… More