Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 15 out of 21
  1. A few scenes are stylish enough to amuse, but they all add up to nothing - leaving you ten bucks short and feeling like a sucker.
  2. Guy Ritchie's Revolver premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival two years ago September. That's 26 months on a shelf somewhere, depriving moviegoers the thrill of jaw-droppingly awful Ray Liotta line readings, of bloody shoot-outs, bags of money, cutaways to frosty babes sucking on lollipops, and even a bit of violent anime.
  3. The film's pretentious style and fractured storytelling preclude any audience involvement in the coy melodrama.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    30
    It's no return to rock, this, but rather Ritchie's soporific, proggy-conceptual Film of Ideas, with Vivaldi interludes, fussbudget set design, recurrent references to chess, and a hit man inexplicably got up as Tati's Mr. Hulot.
  5. 30
    The result is a film that's main crime is inducing stupefying boredom with little payoff in the end.
  6. 25
    The problem with Revolver is that it is Ritchie's first attempt at a ''serious'' look at the underworld, but the result is so pretentious and muddled it's almost a little embarrassing.
  7. The movie's onslaught of psychobabble is the annoyance most likely to ruin your evening. Imagine getting stuck on a ski lift with Dr. Phil for nearly two hours.
  8. 25
    Ritchie wraps this folderol in cinematic razzle-dazzle, including animated sequences, reverse motion, trompe l'oeil production design and tricky lighting. But it's still claptrap.
  9. 25
    The latest Guy Ritchie shoot-em-up, is a joke. You laugh with it but mostly at it.
  10. 25
    Surprise of surprises, Revolver turns out to be worse than "Swept Away" - and not just by a little bit.
  11. 25
    Ritchie has said that it takes several viewings to fully understand what's going on in Revolver, but once will be enough for most to agree to take his word for it.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    Guy Ritchie shoots a blank with Revolver, which replays the low-life criminal shtick from his first two features with an ill-advised overlay of pretension. The action, attitude and wise-guy talk all feel moldy this time around.
  13. 12
    It is a "thriller" without thrills, constructed in a meaningless jumble of flashbacks and flash-forwards and subtitles and mottos and messages and scenes that are deconstructed, reconstructed and self-destructed. I wanted to signal the projectionist to put a gun to it.
  14. This 2005 feature offered me my first taste of Guy Ritchie's macho-centric artiness, and I hope it's my last.
  15. Although it contains crime and absurdity, it's not thrilling or funny and the title doesn't refer to a gun.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. na
    Oct 5, 2009
    10
    Your either going to love it or hate it. Until you see it for yourself you'll never know what to think of it.
  2. BrendanS
    Nov 13, 2008
    10
    This film is brilliant. Ignore the bad the reviews.
  3. JamisonR.
    Mar 9, 2008
    10
    You know who everyone that hates this movie sounds like? The guy in the elevator mirror between the twelfth and fourteenth floor. Mr. Ritchie did a disservice by re-editing it for American audiences. It sorta proves the movies point in a very real life way. To let ego and need for approval get in the way of initial instincts. So Ironic. I imagine the original is destined to become a cult film and the American version will be pissed on and burned. Next time, Mr. Ritchie, do like Mr. Green - Stand calmly with a knowing smile and wait for everyone else to catch up. Imagine if the Coens had re-edited Barton Fink just because people Full Review »