Layer Cake
Layer Cake (2005)

Just as a successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, eyes an early retirement from the business, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 13, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A stylized, electric British crime thriller.

Leslie Felperin

There's a proper lived-in believability about Layer Cake's depiction of how the worlds of the rich, the criminal and the criminally rich intersect.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The film is lamentably short of narrative coherence.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Drugs are the raison d'etre for this stylish caper, the rocket fuel that makes it all, go dog go, and style can take you a long way. Just not all the way, unfortunately.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I like Layer Cake a lot.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The intricate thing dodges and feints and twists this way and turns that way until, by the time of the alleged resolution, we've lost our bearings completely.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A heavyweight gangster picture worthy of being included in with the greats.

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James Berardinelli

It's a little bleak, a little twisted, a little gory, and a lot funny.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's almost too much to follow, but the style, proven by Ritchie time and again, is irresistible.

Nick Rogers

Only the accents are thicker than double-crosses in a thriller that's stylish and sleek - note lyrically appropriate use of Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" in one sequence - but also assuredly delirious, ethically hefty and unpredictably treacherous.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Along with Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn is the probably the second biggest director from the UK at the moment with some huge films under his belt, he is also the… More
Dan Schultz
A sharply written, funny, violent look at the British crime scene where a middleman (Daniel Craig) wants desperately out of the trade, with one last job on his… More
Sam Barnett
Stylish, energetic, but overall run-of-the-mill crime thriller, with a convoluted twisty plot and too many characters, which might be a good thing for fans of… More
Kevin M. Williams
Daniel Craig in one of his pre-Bond efforts, wherein a large shipment of drugs gone missing is the object of mucho consternation. Colm Meaney and Michael… More
Al S
A kinetic and razor sharp crime-thriller. It packs style and brains. It's got the style of Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels, Resivor dogs and… More
Chris Weber
Borrowing some cast members, genre, structure, and some style from his friend and collaborator Guy Ritchie, Layer Cake marked the directorial debut of Matthew… More