Bronson

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

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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

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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. 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. 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: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Apr 25, 2013
    8
    Many have dismissed this film for not exploring the character of Charlie Bronson. Saying this completely negates the focus of the film. RefnMany have dismissed this film for not exploring the character of Charlie Bronson. Saying this completely negates the focus of the film. Refn is only focused on exploring the idea of the man, not the man himself. The main theme of the picture is the fascination with fame, the other-worldly persona it brings and, the emotionally empty ramifications it has. Fame is without substance, so therefore the character is too. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2011
    7
    Despite being flawed by a weak narrative structure and an overall awkward direction, Bronson is a very interesting film about antisociabilityDespite being flawed by a weak narrative structure and an overall awkward direction, Bronson is a very interesting film about antisociability in its most extreme form. Part prison drama, part slice of life with strong, absurd comedic overtones, the film tells the bizarre life story of Mike Peterson aka Charles Bronson, allegedly Britainâ Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2016
    5
    I really liked TOm Hardy's performance here, but I do think that movie wasn't meant for me. I mean, I expected something more from it, but II really liked TOm Hardy's performance here, but I do think that movie wasn't meant for me. I mean, I expected something more from it, but I guess as it is based on Bronson's life, then they did a pretty good job, but at the same time I feel like I am not that amazed with Bronson like others are. Maybe I am wrong, but that made me feel that the story of the movie isn't that interesting - I mean the overall story ok, but the details not so much. 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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