Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 2, 2014
    100
    If ever there were an actor ripe to ''McConaughnesize'' his career, it's Jude Law — and guess what, he has done it, spectacularly, in Dom Hemingway.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 15, 2013
    85
    There are countless clever dialogue parries as well as some quite outstanding rants. It definitely takes the movie outside of the world of pure realism, but the theatricality is well worth it.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 16, 2014
    83
    The star's innate vulnerability (and his ease with Dom's colorful but expansive vocabulary) makes the character more sympathetic than he has any right to be. And that, in turn, makes Shepard's film more entertaining than the Guy Ritchie ripoff it initially resembles.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 15, 2013
    83
    While there's no doubt that Shepard's film is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and impressively, wittily written, with a finely tuned ear for the perfect bit of foul language, it stumbles slightly on the story side.
  5. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Apr 9, 2014
    80
    Jude Law, saying farewell once again to his youthful good looks (Dom has scars and a little too much weight), makes this hyper-articulate ruffian the most intricately soulful character in current movies. [7 April 2014, p.75]
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 17, 2014
    75
    The movie is best enjoyed as a minor-key operatic, not a coherent story. While Law bellows blasphemous poetry, his director orchestrates a noirish light show with a cockeyed rhythm.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 17, 2014
    75
    Dom Hemingway is often viciously funny in unexpected ways, and every time you think the movie has run out of steam, Shepard spins things in a new direction, keeping the energy from flagging (including one of the most startling car crashes I’ve ever seen in a film).
  8. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    Dom Hemingway isn't about story. It's about Jude Law as a force of nature, and that turns out to be a very entertaining diversion.
  9. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Apr 2, 2014
    75
    The drama Dom Hemingway explores involves a vicious lout finding a form of redemption, and while that's an all-too conventional scenario, Shepard's movie plays it out in a brisk, inventive fashion and delivers a moviegoing experience that's almost equal parts stingingly sharp and genuinely sweet.
  10. 75
    Writer-director Richard Shepard did “”The Matador” and “The Hunting Party”, and he surrounds Law’s lunatic Dom with assorted underworld figures who have mellowed where Dom did not.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Apr 1, 2014
    75
    Dom Hemingway is often ghoulishly funny, with Law, who put on weight for the role and plays up his receding hairline, turning in a larger-than-life performance unlike any he’s given before.
  12. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Apr 24, 2014
    70
    Dom Hemingway is a naughty good time while it lives up to the unpredictable bawdiness of its opening line.
  13. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 1, 2014
    70
    Shepard’s image de-habilitation on Law smacks of gimmickry—and the world has no immediate need for another vulgar British crime picture—but the actor seems invigorated by the change, and the film matches his robustness to a fault.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 15, 2013
    70
    Shepard balances a livelier-than-life script with striking, super-saturated images, which makes the film feel bigger than it is.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 17, 2014
    67
    Jude Law's ferociously vulgar portrayal of a hard-luck safecracker carries the first hour of this amorality tale. Then writer-director Richard Shepard makes the creatively fatal mistake of making Dom Hemingway sympathetic, when irredeemable is much more fun.
  16. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Apr 11, 2014
    63
    Though writer-director Richard Shepard (“The Matador”) knows how to spin a yarn about the vicissitudes of fate, Dom’s adventures make for a pretty thin garment in which to cloth such an outsize antihero.
  17. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 10, 2014
    63
    The one thing that never falters during the course of the film is Jude Law's volcanic performance. Reminiscent of Tom Hardy's turn in Bronson, this is the kind of portrayal that garners notice and raves.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Apr 10, 2014
    63
    Entertaining if inconsequential gangster farce.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 10, 2014
    63
    The material, limited payoff; the performer at the center, never less than arresting.
  20. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 18, 2014
    60
    A giddy blend of style and attitude that plays like a lightweight cross between a Guy Ritchie and Wes Anderson film.
  21. 60
    Dom Hemingway is an uneven movie, to be sure — plot holes abound, and some of the aforementioned clichés can be distracting — but it’s still hard to resist. Because rarely have an actor and a part been so perfect for each other, and Shepard lets his lead run wild with this offbeat, contradictory character.
  22. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 2, 2014
    60
    Between Law's performance and Shepard's script, which brims with explicit and expressive dialogue, the movie is remarkable for its ability to exhaust, irritate and also entertain.
  23. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Apr 1, 2014
    60
    If only Shepard's movie lived up to his leading man. It's merely a frame for a character portrait, with Shepard's camera screwing our eyes to Law's performance and pasting in supporting actors and situations for no larger purpose than to see his reaction to them.
  24. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Mar 30, 2014
    60
    Shepard’s film is fun but forgettable in the first hour, then disappointing in the final third. But Law’s raucous turn keeps you watching.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    We’re just watching Jude Law, who gained some 30 pounds for this role, acting his rear end off but also spinning his wheels in a story that never amounts to more than a collection of vignettes about Dom’s life after prison.
  26. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 1, 2014
    50
    Dom Hemingway is a bright, shiny bauble with next to no lasting power.
  27. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 15, 2013
    50
    Richard Shepard’s film is far from dull, but it just doesn’t feel like the real thing, more like an artificial construct inspired by pumped-up crime favorites from a couple of decades ago.
  28. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 2, 2014
    42
    For all its vibrant, flamboyant aspects, “Dom Hemingway” is a resoundingly empty star vehicle. It gives Law a character too thinly crafted to justify his eccentricities. He acts his heart out for a role that has no heart.
  29. Reviewed by: Josh Kupecki
    Apr 16, 2014
    40
    If there were anything approaching narrative coherence, the film might have rested on Law’s performance alone. As it stands, Dom Hemingway the character is eclipsed by the inability of Dom Hemingway the movie to decide what it wants to be.
  30. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Mar 30, 2014
    40
    What you see in Dom Hemingway is exactly what you end up getting. It’s filthy, it’s shouty, it’s embarrassing, and you mainly want it to go away.
  31. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Nov 15, 2013
    40
    Everyone is trying way too hard and Dom's final speech is toe-curlingly misjudged and charmless.
  32. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Nov 12, 2013
    40
    There are only so many scenes anyone can take of Law (never suited to the geezer role) strutting down streets shooting his gob off. If it was all in service of a smart story, so be it. But it isn’t.
  33. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Nov 11, 2013
    40
    Bitty and frustrating, its bigger laughs are set against some off-balance storytelling and crude comedy. Not one to take your nan to.
  34. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 3, 2014
    38
    Jude Law put on 30 pounds to play this slimeball. But the weightier question is, why would he bother to take this worn-out role, at any size?
  35. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 2, 2014
    25
    This pointless study of a witless character is a sad waste of Law’s talents. The more zestily he delivers Dom’s profane tirades, the more you wish Shepard gave us a reason to care about this lout.
  36. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Mar 28, 2014
    25
    That Dom is so clearly an up-to-11 caricature, embodied with reliable pizzazz by Jude Law, makes the sentimental moments feel especially false.
  37. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 1, 2014
    20
    When you name your movie Dom Hemingway and then require the titular antihero to repeatedly declare, “I am Dom Hemingway!” the filmmakers must be very confident that there is something special about their character. Too bad there isn’t.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 3, 2014
    7
    Jude Law is great, but the pacing of the story lacks any rhythm. Some scenes play too long and while a rambling narrative can be a fun ride,Jude Law is great, but the pacing of the story lacks any rhythm. Some scenes play too long and while a rambling narrative can be a fun ride, there's just a bit too much slack here to support Law's performance. It tips into the green because the cast as a whole is fun to watch and Shepard makes some fun choices in his use of music, color, camera angle and slow motion. Full Review »
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    10
    Dom Hemigmway is funny, poignant and wild- all because of the awesome Jude Law. This british gangster comedy directed by Richard Shepard,Dom Hemigmway is funny, poignant and wild- all because of the awesome Jude Law. This british gangster comedy directed by Richard Shepard, offers comedy and a bundle of good performances. If that's not all, a british gangster Jude Law that will make you smile. Dom Hemingway is crazy and wild- in a good way. Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    6
    "Dom Hemingway" 10 Scale Rating: 6.5 (Solid) ...

    The Good: Jude Law completely carries what would otherwise be a mediocre movie. His
    "Dom Hemingway" 10 Scale Rating: 6.5 (Solid) ...

    The Good: Jude Law completely carries what would otherwise be a mediocre movie. His mannerisms, wardrobe and dialogue makes him seem like a character who just stepped out of a Guy Ritchie film. Every time he starts speaking (even if it's mostly crass nonsense) you can't help but sit up and take notice. The supporting cast was also good and played off of Law's larger-than-life Dom Hemingway quite well. It seemed like a fun movie to make all around and the settings and tone made the film come to life. An amusing film, I actually laughed out loud on more than one occasion.

    The Bad: Unfortunately, there really isn't anything resembling a story here. Not that I expected anything deep or gripping, but I did expect SOMETHING. While Law propels the film into decency, some semblance of a real story would have bumped the film up a notch or two. As usual with films lacking in the story department, the ending left something to be desired.
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