Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa (1986)

Bob Hoskins plays George, a tough but basically goodhearted British mob flunky, recently released from prison, where he'd served a term to cover up for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Still willing to be everyone's doormat,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 13, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

No wonder audiences have taken to this gritty romance as to a mongrel puppy; for at heart Mona Lisa is an old-fashioned poor-soul weepie, and George is less a Cagney rakehell than a Chaplin tramp.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's like watching the departure of an ocean liner. After all of the initial excitement, you're left on the dock, alone, wondering what all the fuss was about.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A dreary but compelling romantic crime thriller about love being the important ingredient in life.

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Variety Staff

Skillfully combines comedy and thriller, romance and sleaze.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie's ending is a little too neat for my taste. But in a movie like this, everything depends on atmosphere and character, and Mona Lisa knows exactly what it is doing.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

A superb cast lead by Bob Hoskins in the performance of his career.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A wonderful achievement, a dark film with a generous heart in the shape of an extraordinarily touching performance from Hoskins.

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James Berardinelli

In an era when movies about love almost always invariably devolve into formulaic affairs, Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa stands out as an often-surprising, multi-layered achievement.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The bracing peaks of image, acting, and narrative architecture handily win the day over a scenario that always feels more like a willfully engineered exercise than a fully plausible reality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A riveting, intelligently scripted drama concerning an ex-con (Bob Hoskins) fresh out of prison, who picks up a job as a driver for a high-priced prostitute… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Only someone as vulnerable and sincere as Bob Hoskins could play the central character, an ex-con, loner, cheap, no good, now a chauffeur, with a taste for… More
Luke Baldock
Many consider this the British Taxi Driver. A bit of a simplification as it deals with a man who gets involved with the underworld of underage girls and… More
Graham Jones
A great little film with great performances from Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine.
Randy Tippy
Edgy, but in a polite, British sort of way. Bob Hoskins is absolutely spot-on (as usual).
Sarah Gaish
Really brilliant stuff here by Neil Jordan and totally 100% believable. Brilliant directed and gorgeously photographed too. Brilliant performance by the great… More