The Limey

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  • Summary: Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh's latest film follows the exploits of Wilson (Stamp), a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. (Artisan Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    90
    One of the best films seen in many years about the mysterious workings of time and memory.
  2. Intoxicatingly well-crafted entertainment about hunting down your enemy.
  3. It's clever, cool fun and it looks great.
  4. 70
    Tender souls who don't like a lot of noise and violence should probably stay away from this very in-your-face film.
  5. 67
    It's such an accomplished, beguiling film in its details that you almost don't notice that the story is scattershot, arbitrary, and thin -- almost.
  6. 40
    A disappointed meditation on the '60s.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. RichR.
    Feb 28, 2006
    10
    One of the best movies I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot more than you have! Great acting, insane editing, fantastic dialog, One of the best movies I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot more than you have! Great acting, insane editing, fantastic dialog, great story of revenge, wonderful West Coast/LA footage, who couldn't like this? Anyone who thinks it's slow and boring isn't watching, or perhaps noticing, the subtle stuff, the stuff that pulls this movie over the line of reality/fantasy and back., again and again. Expand
  2. JoelW.
    Jan 16, 2007
    10
    On the surface [and in the trailer] The Limey appears to be a cold blooded hard-knock revenge movie. It is something very different. This On the surface [and in the trailer] The Limey appears to be a cold blooded hard-knock revenge movie. It is something very different. This emotive slow burning thriller is full of wonderful understated acting, appropriately disconcerting music, great dialogue and fantastic editing. This last element adds a lot of richness to the story and made me ask 'Is this all a flash-back or flash-forward?'. There's room to think in this film. We watch Wilson remember and regret. The use of footage from an old Stamp movie which really shouldn't work, does. The film promises more blood-and-guts than it delivers and it is this restraint, along with the dry humor and narrative balance which make this one of my favorite films. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2013
    8
    I wasn’t too sure about the way this one was cut together at first but the style soon began to settle down. It was almost like a scene wasI wasn’t too sure about the way this one was cut together at first but the style soon began to settle down. It was almost like a scene was made up of several takes, all filmed on one camera and put together with nothing to break them up. In the end I came to quite like it; something different to the normal fayre. The performances were all excellent, particularly Terence Stamp; again a performance that grew on me. I also very much liked the performance of Luis Guzmán, I always feel I’m in safe hands when I see him in the cast. I guess this is one of those that grows on you the longer you watch; a revenge thriller with a bit of a difference, well worth a look.

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

    My score: 7.5/10
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  4. Jun 11, 2015
    6
    The last half hour of The Limey is incredible and everything the first hour should have been; thrilling and intense. The hour proceeding isThe last half hour of The Limey is incredible and everything the first hour should have been; thrilling and intense. The hour proceeding is not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainly does not reach the heights of that last half hour. This one is told in a very unique way that really captures the disjointed thoughts of our protagonist and the confusion he faces as he tries to find out what happened to his daughter. As is usual, director Steven Soderbergh handles this unique storytelling like a champ and directs this one quite well. Terrence Stamp is great in the lead role and does a great job of capturing this mysterious feeling surrounding his character as nobody truly knows who this man is or his entire past. Overall, The Limey is a very well made thriller that just never truly captivated me, but luckily, it is well made enough to largely look past that. Expand
  5. ClaytonL.
    Mar 1, 2007
    4
    Terrible. Another gangster movie with unconvincing actors.

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