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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. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    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: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. AdamC.
    Feb 4, 2008
    10
    too good
  2. JackT.
    Feb 19, 2008
    10
    The Greatest Gangster Thriller I have Ever Seen
  3. 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. Collapse
  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. Expand
  6. TaylorS.
    Feb 3, 2007
    7
    It would have been a lot better if they connected the dots more and effectively concluded some of the points and scenes they were trying to accent.
  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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