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  • Summary: Plunkett (Carlyle) is a highwayman who's partner is killed by the evil Chance. He soon hooks up with disgraced gentleman soldier Captain MacCleane (Miller) to continue infiltrate wealthy society in order to rob the rich and fund his move to America. MacCleane falls in love with Lady Rebecca Gibson (Tyler), pushing the partners' daring and loyalty to the limit. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27
  1. 80
    Lewd, crude and occasionally too brutal to take, it's also gorgeous, heartfelt.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Scott makes it easy to overlook the conventionality beneath his sometimes overdone but almost always enjoyable combination of atmosphere and propulsiveness.
  3. 60
    It's vulgar, to be sure, but it's also brash and invigorating.
  4. Watchable in a facile, trashy way. Unfortunately, most of the movie is mired in sludge, slime, mud, blood, and studiously dank cinematography.
  5. 40
    Rollicking is the term that best sums up Plunkett and Macleane, not in itself a bad thing, just, I think, not a very good thing.
  6. Scott treats the material as if it were grist for a 30-second spot or a rowdy music video.
  7. Reviewed by: Daysun Chang
    5
    An empty void of tasteless action, formula plot, and dull dialogue set in a sadly under-utilized time period.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. LukeS
    Nov 30, 2007
    9
    Enjoyable from start to finish but is obviously not high cinema and will detract from your viewing if you treat it as such. It's dark, gritty, romantic and evil shameful fun, taking a distinct tangent from similar period stuffs in this genre. Also, the scene where an injured Macleane awakes to find a Lady Rebecca at his table is wonderful. Carlyle is consistently exceptional in everything he does, including this. Expand
  2. Oct 24, 2010
    8
    It would seem to be a somewhat accurate depiction of an interesting age and conveys a lot of atmosphere. The cinematography is excellent. The interactions between the characters are entertaining. The soundtrack is unusual and very good. And Liv Tyler is gorgeous (!). Expand
  3. Apr 28, 2011
    2
    I really despise the user reviews on metacritic, especially when this is one of the highest rated. It's just not a fun movie to watch, the comedy is incredibly dry and not funny, there is no real sense of adventure as all the environments are neither impressive or grand, and the acting could use some serious work. Expand

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