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  • Summary: Pinkie is a cunning charmer trying to make his mark on the vicious gangland of Brighton. When Rose, a young waitress, stumbles on evidence that links Pinkie and his gang to a revenge killing, he draws her into a conned romance to keep the loose end tied up. When Rose’s world-weary boss becomes suspicious of the enigmatic young man hanging around her charge, the tangled web becomes a deadly game of psychological cat-and-mouse. [IFC Films] Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Aug 20, 2011
    100
    Control's Sam Riley steps into a role made unforgettable by a young Richard Attenborough in the 1947 original and makes it his own, slipping into the character like a second skin.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 1, 2011
    75
    While the two leads emerge soulless as melodrama hovers around the edges of the tale, the era is convincingly portrayed and the melancholy mood is hauntingly rendered.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 25, 2011
    70
    The film is almost distractingly beautiful to look at, something that accentuates the tension between the film's conflicting quantities, i.e., the glories of the physical world, and the corrupted humanity it hosts.
  4. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Aug 25, 2011
    50
    Joffe, a British screenwriter (The American, 28 Weeks Later) debuting as director, hits some of these notes in his adaptation of Brighton Rock, but the movie's religious flourishes seem more rhetorical than heartfelt.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Aug 28, 2011
    50
    This Brighton Rock doesn't live up to the greatness of the novel (or even, really, the very-goodness of the 1947 movie), but it doesn't betray Greene's book either, which may be all a reasonable reader and filmgoer could ask.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 25, 2011
    50
    There's a lovely moment with Mirren and John Hurt that helps send Brighton Rock toward its final note of tenderness. With so much style to burn, Joffe handles the tinge of Greene-ian ambivalence just right.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Aug 22, 2011
    38
    Brighton Rock never brings its baby-faced hood antihero, the scarfaced Pinkie Brown (Sam Riley, pouting and hunched in the late-DiCaprio manner), into a semblance of human plausibility.

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 9, 2011
    5
    Couldn't get into this film at all. I usually love" period pieces" which show localised social entropy, especially Brit-related. Helen Mirren was brilliant as usual - but as for the rest of it - very "meh"! Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    3
    There is something off about Brighton Rock. The atmosphere and mood surrounding the action does not match what is going on. Based on a Graham Greene novel, Brighton Rock follows a low level gangsterâ Expand

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