Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast (2000)

Gary (Ray Winstone) is a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy to put his life of crime behind him, he has retired with his wife Deedee (Amanda Redman) to the sunny bliss of rural Spain, where… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sexy Beast rises above other movies in the British gangster genre due to its performances -- particularly an electrifying one by Ben Kingsley -- and the script's attention to character development.

David Ansen

The talented Glazer keeps things crisp, clean and purposeful. The only flab on this film is around the waist of its sybaritic hero, a working-class crook who has finally gotten a taste of the good life, and doesn't want to lose it.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A marvelously suspenseful character study wrapped up in a refreshingly tight crime film.


Stands head and shoulders above the late 90s flurry of British gangster movies. Stylish and confident and built upon a fearsome performance from Ben Kinglsey.

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Time Out

From the off it's clear at once that Jonathan Glazer will be a ballsy, switched-on film-maker.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

One of the more interesting efforts in its genre, though it has been somewhat overrated.

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Nick Rogers

It's not just the ironic kick of watching the guy who played Gandhi get his rocks off on sociopathic violence. Ben Kingsley's Don Logan is one of cinema's all-time fearsome, loathsome villains - stalking even the frames from which he's absent.

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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

Aside from [Glazer's] visual flair and gallows humor, he's still subtracted much more than he's added.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The most original and entertaining crime thriller since The Limey.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

When you get the chance, give this one a look.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
One of the most enjoyable films of the decade and one of the very few where I really sympathized with the characters - even if some of them are cartoons.… More
Chris Weber
I had heard so much about this, including that some consider it to be one of the best British films of recent years, if not ever. That's certainly a high… More
Kase Vollebregt
An electric British gangster film with a slight grind house panache and a biting script. It's a lean and mean ride that is elevated by all the players… More
Dan Schultz
A dynamite drama concerning a retired safe-cracker (Ray Winstone), enjoying life and being retired, who is hounded by a former partner (Ben Kingsley) to do that… More
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Spencer S.
A British heist film about a gangster that is bullied into performing his last job, it's much less about the actual heist and more about a psychological… More