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Sexy Beast 2000

Critics score:
86 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: The most original and entertaining crime thriller since The Limey. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: A stylish, assured battle of wills, and a masterpiece of reverse casting. Read more

Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News: The best British crime thriller in years. Read more

Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader: Aside from [Glazer's] visual flair and gallows humor, he's still subtracted much more than he's added. Read more

Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune: A noir masterpiece with Oscar-caliber performances. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Delivers not only sensation but also, more remarkably, feeling. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: Riotously entertaining, and with a big heart, too. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Has a strong plot (credit the writing team of Louis Mellis and David Scinto) and a pair of excellent performances. Read more

Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle: Quirky details of character, implied but unstated background and lovely performances keep us enthralled. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: It remains first and foremost an involving story about its characters. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: It brought back some of the excitement I felt nearly a decade ago watching Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Glazer's style is the cinematic slang of the moment, and his fresh take on an old genre opens some breathing space. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Nervy, cheeky and totally absorbing crime noir in which the humans are far more hair-raising than the heist. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: 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. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: As the mobster Don Logan in Sexy Beast, Ben Kingsley is so intensely frightening that it's as if the actor were on a personal mission to deep-six Gandhi and his loincloth once and for all. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: One of the more interesting efforts in its genre, though it has been somewhat overrated. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A suspenseful 90 minutes. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: I didn't know Kingsley had such notes inside him. Obviously, he can play anyone. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: An extraordinary and original creation. Read more

Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle: Glazer directs from Louis Mellis and David Scinto's script like a man who knows the outer limits of a bad dream. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: [Glazer] makes an audacious contribution to British crime drama with this first feature, delivering a smack to the head of a moribund genre. Read more

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

Derek Elley, Variety: An often enjoyable, massively uneven Brit ganglander. Read more

Amy Taubin, Village Voice: What distinguishes Sexy Beast from the recent rash of British gangster films is Glazer's investment in character and performance. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: An engaging conflagration of British B-flick, cockney wit and gallows humor. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: I'm wondering what's so special about a film that has but one guilty pleasure and that's Ben Kingsley spraying saliva-lubricated variants of the F-word. Read more