Layer Cake

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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics What's this?

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 210 Ratings

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  • Summary: A riveting thriller set in the drug underworld of the UK. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Fast, convulsive, and densely exciting new British gangster thriller.
  2. Things get a little tricky by the end, but it's the sort of trickery that's immensely satisfying.
  3. 80
    There's a proper lived-in believability about Layer Cake's depiction of how the worlds of the rich, the criminal and the criminally rich intersect.
  4. 75
    Cheeky, brass-knuckles British crime film.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    It’s hilarious, and genuinely cool.
  6. 70
    The always-dependable and chameleon-like Craig has the chops and substance for that kind of film, but Vaughn prefers to keep matters brisk and superficial.
  7. One of those crime flicks besotted with its own plot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. WesM
    Jul 28, 2008
    10
    The ultimate synthesis of recent British crime classis; the seriousness, characterization and aesthetics of Sexy Beast and the loopy, The ultimate synthesis of recent British crime classis; the seriousness, characterization and aesthetics of Sexy Beast and the loopy, multilayered plotting and style of Lock Stock... and Snatch. Very highly recommended. Expand
  2. AdamC.
    Feb 4, 2008
    10
    too good
  3. Jun 7, 2015
    9
    Layer cake is a true modern British crime drama. A excellent book to film adaptation with a great story and Daniel Craig does a outstandingLayer cake is a true modern British crime drama. A excellent book to film adaptation with a great story and Daniel Craig does a outstanding job of portraying this modern day gangster. Expand
  4. House
    May 22, 2006
    8
    Like a great rock song, Layer Cake hooks you early and never disappoints, rocking you until the final power chord of an ending. Daniel Craig Like a great rock song, Layer Cake hooks you early and never disappoints, rocking you until the final power chord of an ending. Daniel Craig is sensational supported by a cast that once again proves the UK has the best characer actors in the world. Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2011
    7
    Somewhat great, but a great predecessor to Matthew Vaughn's hollywood masterpieces. Once again, you get to see the pure brilliance and geniusSomewhat great, but a great predecessor to Matthew Vaughn's hollywood masterpieces. Once again, you get to see the pure brilliance and genius of Matthew Vaughn. I **** love that talented bastard. Collapse
  6. MarkS.
    Jul 12, 2006
    7
    This was pretty good. The lead actor was very good. But I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or as This was pretty good. The lead actor was very good. But I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or as much as Snatch. And the very end made the movie almost pointless, it angered me. Expand
  7. HenryW
    Dec 18, 2005
    6
    It's got a good level of ambience but it feels far too smug. The plot seems to have been Snatched from Carlito's Way as well.

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