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  • Summary: Elmo McElroy (Jackson) is an American master chemist who heads to England to set up his last big deal, the introduction of a new designer drug to the European underworld. When he hooks up with a Liverpool local (Carlyle), his plans quickly go awry in this action-packed comedy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 20 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Bloody and bloody funny, and Jackson and Carlyle make the best salt-and-pepper team since Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte knocked heads in ''48 HRS., '' but ultimately the movie can't find a way out of its own dead end.
  2. A formula flick. And the formula is not 51 times more entertaining than usual. Maybe 1.5, at best.
  3. The film should have been called ''Lock, Stock and Two Wilting Barrels.''
  4. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    Emily Mortimer and Robert Carlyle generate heat as criminal lovers, but most of the cast just engages in embarrassing scenery-gnawing.
  5. Only Emily Mortimer maintains a measure of dignity, playing the slinky assassin named Dakota. Whether her restraint was by her design or the filmmakers', she'll come to appreciate that she all but disappears amid the caterwauling and purging of a story that should have died in Liverpool.
  6. 20
    A waste of the filmmakers' time and ours, and offering further evidence that, outside the art house, much British cinema has its head jammed tightly up its own arse.
  7. Stars Samuel L. Jackson in the worst role of his career -- one hopes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. AlexF.
    Aug 1, 2006
    Formula 51 is an amazing movie. I think the diorector was right to pick Samuel L. Jackson to cast as Elmo McElroy.He is the greatest actor of all time. Expand
  2. Nel
    Mar 26, 2006
    Very funny movie. Good soundtrack rave dance.
  3. MichaelB.
    Oct 8, 2005
    Meat Loaf was the only upset of this movie. He should stick to singing.
  4. Josh
    Sep 30, 2008
    A surprise hit for me, with some good funny moments.
  5. DanaS.
    Feb 3, 2008
    Funny and very clever.
  6. Nov 4, 2010
    Man makes "legal high", crime boss wants formula, man goes to England to sell formula, things go wrong.
    Loud, crass yet entertaining
    comedy-action film set in and around Liverpool & features a very strong cast. Did come across as a bit of a poor man's "Lock Stock" & does wander into cliché territory now and then but does have a number of funny lines & moments. Stand-outs are definitely Rhys Ifans, Sean Pertwee & Meat Loaf all hamming it up although not sure about Robert Carlyle & Emily Mortimer's Scouse accents. Expand

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