Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. A first-rate crime thriller and further proof that Soderbergh is one of our great contemporary film stylists.
  2. Makes a term like neo-noir seem like a fatuous catch phrase.
  3. A small cubist masterpiece about crime and punishment set in that most split-level of environments, Los Angeles.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    One of the best films seen in many years about the mysterious workings of time and memory.
  5. The work of a fine craftsman and artist.
  6. Intoxicatingly well-crafted entertainment about hunting down your enemy.
  7. Stamp, whose ability to make Wilson simultaneously coarse and charismatic is irresistibly entertaining.
  8. The pleasure of The Limey lies in watching what actors who have aged like fine wine can do in that world.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    One of those movies in which pacing, dialogue and the right actors enliven a familiar story.
  10. 80
    An art noir that courts pretension but just manages to keep from succumbing to it.
  11. 80
    A mesmerizing mood piece.
  12. 80
    More involving and intriguing than any by-the-numbers studio thriller. In large part, it holds our interest because of its stylistic boldness, not despite it.
  13. A solid genre film that offers the satisfactions of the familiar while deriving its resonance through its specific and telling references to the '60s.
  14. 75
    In its quiet and murderous way, it is like the delayed final act of an old movie about drugs, guns and revenge.
  15. The violent story is standard "film noir" fare, but Soderbergh treats it with oomph and imagination.
  16. 75
    Style is the main attraction in The Limey -- it's as close to experimental filmmaking as mainstream movies get -- but the film works well when taken simply as a pure revenge drama, too.
  17. It's clever, cool fun and it looks great.
  18. 75
    A wonderfully complex character at the center of a gratifyingly satisfying yarn.
  19. 70
    This intelligent, oddly aloof thriller is a worthy follow-up to director Steven Soderberg's "Out of Sight."
  20. 70
    Tender souls who don't like a lot of noise and violence should probably stay away from this very in-your-face film.
  21. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Among Soderbergh's widely varied films ("sex, lies and videotape," "Kafka," "The Underneath," "Schizopolis," "Out of Sight"), this one actually has the best chance of becoming anyone's sentimental favorite.
  22. (Stamp and Fonda's) polar-opposition in acting styles and temperament, their cultural differences and their pop-cultural synergy come together with almost delicious cacophony.
  23. A highly enjoyable and offbeat thriller.
  24. 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.
  25. Soderbergh, like Tarantino, has a knack for making every shady character onscreen fascinating.
  26. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Can't outrun its very visible limits.
  27. 60
    A jaggedly impressionistic reverie.
  28. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Perhaps you have to have lived through the 1960s to relate.
  29. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    One has no problem praising the bravura acting of the entire ensemble.
  30. 40
    A disappointed meditation on the '60s.
  31. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Soderbergh slices, dices and Cuisinarts the script into flashbacks, scene shifts, stop motion and other distracting foolery.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jul 22, 2013
    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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  2. ClaytonL.
    Mar 1, 2007
    Terrible. Another gangster movie with unconvincing actors.
  3. JoelW.
    Jan 16, 2007
    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. Full Review »