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  • Summary: A riveting thriller set in the drug underworld of the UK. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  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. The newest in British gangland entertainment and the tastiest in years.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    It’s hilarious, and genuinely cool.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    This is a smart, vivid, thrillingly real gangster picture that nevertheless resembles many others.
  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. What's abundantly clear is how far this kind of moviemaking has come from any knowledge of real criminal life; it's a geek's ineffectual daydream of mayhem.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. AdamC.
    Feb 4, 2008
    too good
  2. WesM
    Jul 28, 2008
    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. Collapse
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    Layer Cake is a well constructed gangster thriller with marvellous acting and fun confronting scenes.
  4. AngelaB.
    Dec 26, 2007
    Daniel Craig was great, and I wanted to see his work before James Bond. Good writing and dialogue, but I have seen much of the style before. Nonethess, it was quite interesting, and I am glad I watched it. Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2011
    Somewhat 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. Expand
  6. MarkS.
    Jul 12, 2006
    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
    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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