Get Carter
Get Carter (1971)

This action film stars Michael Caine as a powerful British gangster out for blood. His brother has been murdered in Newcastle, prompting Caine to declare a war on other racketeers. Now that he is a loose cannon, Caine must be eliminated, a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

It wallows in its ceaseless bloodbath and emerges like its protagonist -- sleazy and second-rate.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Caine has been mucking about in a series of potboilers, undermining his acting reputation along the way, but Get Carter shows him as sure, fine and vicious -- a good hero for an action movie.

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TV Guide

While Caine would like to think of himself as one of Chandler's or Hammett's lonely avengers, he is really nothing more than a vicious brute with a warped sense of honor, trapped between the past and the present.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Mike Hodges' top-notch adaptation of a Ted Lewis novel not only maintains interest but conveys with rare artistry, restraint and clarity the many brutal, sordid and gamy plot turns.

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Sean Burns
The ARTery

A film of exceptional viciousness and mordant humor, which single-handedly blew the bloody doors off British crime films of the era.

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Film4

Ranks up there with the likes of The Long Good Friday as one of the finest home grown films of the past 30 years.

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Time Out

Refusing ever to dwell, it cuts sharp rather than deep, but sharp enough.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] ...represents the apex of the British Gangster genre for the its realistically gritty tone, fetishized eroticism, and dynamic attention to details...

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Mike Hodges is a steely Diebenkorn, dry and dangerous

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Get Carter fully lives up to it's reputation. Michael Caine is just deadly in the role of gangster on revenge trail. Bravo. Ugly, ugly tale of British… More
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Kevin M. Williams
A been-there-done-that hit man from swinging London returns to his grimy industrial hometown roots in Newcastle to bury his brother. All hell's about to… More
xGary Xx
A London gangster returns to his home town for the funeral of his brother and declares war on the local gangsters when he learns the circumstances of his death.… More
Alex roy
This is a classic action thriller that features an engaging storyline and a blistering performance by iconic actor Michael Caine. Get Carter is an engaging… More
Adam Kelly
Like the sleazy and cringing central character, "Get Carter" is a second rate, and cheap piece of cinema. Set against a backdrop of Newcastle in the… More