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  • Summary: London Boulevard follows an ex-con trying to make a fresh start in a relationship with a reclusive actress. A sexy, stylish gangster thriller bristling with wit and brutal intrigue, London Boulevard stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley as star-crossed lovers who run afoul of one of London’s most vicious crime bosses. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 10, 2011
    80
    It reminds me more of Shane Black's "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," though ultimately it's darker and more raggedy around the margins. Still, Monahan, like Black and unlike Ritchie, has some feeling for his characters.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 11, 2011
    75
    Take a stroll down London Boulevard if you enjoy surly, smart, hard-edged British crime movies like "Sexy Beast" and "Croupier."
  3. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Nov 7, 2011
    70
    It satisfies not only in the tradition of yarns boiled hard and wry, but as a savvy comment on fame and ambition.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Nov 7, 2011
    50
    The result is a superficially handsome crime thriller that doesn't tick, although it's got a pretty, jeweled face, and some clever scripting by William Monahan (scribe of "The Departed"), making his directorial debut here.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Nov 8, 2011
    50
    Monahan's debut has verve and charisma, but, in the end, the tension of a late-night pub shrug.
  6. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Nov 7, 2011
    50
    A movie like this lives and dies by its finer details, and London Boulevard screws up by applying the same broad brush to its entire cast, meaning every character gets the same amount of shading.
  7. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Nov 7, 2011
    40
    Guilty, with one or two mitigating circumstances.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 28, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Good movie, could have been great. Ending really left me gutted!! Nice twist ....but not nice if you know what I mean!? Farrell was better than his usual self, albeit playing his stereotypical role. Expand
  2. Aug 24, 2014
    6
    The film had less to do with Mitchel's attempt to redeem his ways after getting out of prison, and finding a job protecting a disturbed former star, Charlotte (Kiera Knightley), than it had to do with Mitchel's battle in the underworld, avenging a friend.

    Mitchel's relationship to Charlotte was all in all rather hasty and not very deep. Charlotte's friend/agent/whatever Jordan (David Thewlis) was also a bit hard to figure out, although I liked him.

    The gangster side of the movie was bloody, a bit hard to follow, and consumed in the end everything in its way. The plot wasn't all that smooth, and the acting was okay, but not brilliant or anything. A nice film for anyone who enjoys seeing Colin Farrell, but I am left with a feeling that they could have done so much more with this by actually sticking with the Mitchel/Charlotte storyline.
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  3. Dec 7, 2012
    4
    A cool, likable film that feels better than it really is. I liked the vast majority of the movie, the script, cast, style, etc., it's just a boring film that never grabbed my attention like so many other films of its genre have. Collapse

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