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  • Summary: In 1974, a misguided 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson hasIn 1974, a misguided 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. With an intelligent, provocative and stylized approach, BRONSON (based on a true story) follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson into Britain's most dangerous prisoner, Charles Bronson. [Magnet Releasing] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. 100
    Bronson owes a little or a lot to Kubrick's "Clockwork Orange," but if that's a crime I wish more people would commit it.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    90
    Whether it's Peterson/Bronson's more theatrical bits or his untamable character's many blood-spitting, knuckle-beating, explosions, Hardy chomps down on his once-in-a-career role with stunning ferocity and never lets go. He's extraordinary.
  3. Refn has somehow found his way to an authentic English hard-man drama, anchored in a dynamite performance, even as it celebrates thug life.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Bronson isn’t a story in the traditional sense at all. It’s a meditation on the art of rage - an action painting passing itself off as an action movie.
  5. 75
    It is 92 minutes of rage, acted by Tom Hardy.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    70
    With an intelligent, provocative and stylized approach, Bronson (based on a true story) follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson into Britain's most dangerous prisoner, Charles Bronson.
  7. It's an assaultive work about an assaultive fellow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    Not sure what to think at this film at first. It came off as gritty 80's style of film making. Which almost seemed to be inspired by clockworkNot sure what to think at this film at first. It came off as gritty 80's style of film making. Which almost seemed to be inspired by clockwork orange. Tom Hardy was excellent as the role of Charlie Bronson and the fact he did 2500 pushups a day before this role shows his dedication to this film. He was the only shining light in this film unfortunately  and though the film is about his life, maybe was focused on him a little too much and not how he affected those around him. 
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  2. Aug 19, 2011
    10
    http://mikesharkey.blogspot.com/2009/04/igizmo-review.html

    And throughout, Tom Hardy
  3. MartinB
    Oct 13, 2009
    9
    Anyone who doesn't like this movie simply just doesn't get it. Maybe it's a British thing (I'm Irish but have grown up on Anyone who doesn't like this movie simply just doesn't get it. Maybe it's a British thing (I'm Irish but have grown up on British TV) or maybe it's particularly enjoyed by those who like Theatre of the Absurd (Beckett etc), but this is without doubt one of the best movies of the last ten years. Expand
  4. OrwellB.
    Oct 10, 2009
    8
    Bronson is more than entertainment. It is art with Tom Hardy at the centre. You have to see Tom Hardy
  5. Jun 10, 2011
    8
    Sorry, machine translation. The "stage", by Nicolas Winding Refn. Violence and abuse, the victims left in a state of prolonged mentalSorry, machine translation. The "stage", by Nicolas Winding Refn. Violence and abuse, the victims left in a state of prolonged mental suffering, failure of institutions in understanding adolescent deviant behavior, violent arm of the law and to end the dreams of omnipotence megalomica. This is "Bronson," the film of Nicholas Winding Refn / director Tom Hardy and very good player in the role of Michael Peterson "aka" Charles Bronson /. That is a true story of Bronson. The convict thug, convict the most dangerous of England, has attracted public attention for his want artistic and literary production but also for their way of life accompanied by a personal code of honor. It is not a murderess, will not beat women or children. What is the strategy to tell Refn Bronson? The stage. Bronson is the protagonist on stage, as it is in many prisons turned from him. At that stage in those costumes and tells the general public. Ironically, the isolation becomes a friend and as such provides the necessary time to draft the "script" as the text of self-narration. Remember the scene with the convict in double face? This is Bronson, I understand, a man in extraordinary performance by Tom Hardy is presented to us a little 'jester but also very, very corrosive. Council to see the film, directed by brilliant quality, the history is not easy to tell and interpret it for the music, but ... Keep a safe distance. Good Click! ITALIAN VERSION Il "palco", di Nicolas Winding Refn. Violenza e sopraffazione; vittime lasciate in prolungato stato di sofferenza psichica, incapacità delle istituzioni nel comprendere comportamenti adolescenziali devianti, braccio violento della legge e per finire sogni di onnipotenza megalomica. Questo è "Bronson", il film di Nicholas Winding Refn regista / e Tom Hardy bravissimo protagonista, nel ruolo di Michael Peterson "in arte" Charles Bronson /. Quella di Bronson è una storia vera. Il galeotto picchiatore, il galeotto più pericoloso d'Inghilterra; ha attirato su di sé l'attenzione pubblica vuoi per la sua produzione artistico-letteraria ma anche per il proprio stile di vita accompagnato da un personalissimo codice d'onore. Infatti, non è un assassino, non picchia le donne né i bambini. Qual è la strategia di Refn per raccontarci di Bronson? Il palco. Sul palco Bronson è protagonista assoluto, così come lo è nelle tantissime carceri da lui girate. Sul quel palco ed in quei costumi si racconta al grande pubblico. Per assurdo, l'isolamento gli diventa amico e come tale fornisce il tempo necessario per la stesura del "copione" quale testo autonarrativo. Ricordate la scena con il galeotto in double face? Questo è Bronson, mi par di capire; un uomo che nella straordinaria interpretazione di Tom Hardy ci è presentato un po' giullare ma anche tanto, tanto corrosivo. Consiglio di vedere il film, per la regia qualitativamente brillante, per la storia non facile da raccontare ed interpretare; per le musiche; ma... tenetevi a debita distanza. Good Click! Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2014
    7
    Well acted and gritty, Bronson is a good film. It goes over the most violent prisoner in Britain, Charles Bronson (a.k.a. Michael Peterson).Well acted and gritty, Bronson is a good film. It goes over the most violent prisoner in Britain, Charles Bronson (a.k.a. Michael Peterson). The acting is very well done, and for the most part the film is enjoyable. This is a good film, but not a great or perfect film. If the prisoner Charles Bronson (player very well by Tom Hardy) interests you, then this is your film. If you like crime/prison films or violent wrestling-like films then this is also for you. Expand
  7. Jan 16, 2015
    3
    Call me simple minded if you desire, but I really found the story-telling in the movie odd in a bad way. The acting is really good, butCall me simple minded if you desire, but I really found the story-telling in the movie odd in a bad way. The acting is really good, but everything else was mediocre. I've been thinking that maybe this movie didn't impact on me because I'm not familiar with the real person? I feel like the director assumed the audience would know a bit about the character when starting the film. Anyway, I wasted time of my holidays, great. Expand

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