The Limey


Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. A first-rate crime thriller and further proof that Soderbergh is one of our great contemporary film stylists.
  2. A small cubist masterpiece about crime and punishment set in that most split-level of environments, Los Angeles.
  3. Makes a term like neo-noir seem like a fatuous catch phrase.
  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. The pleasure of The Limey lies in watching what actors who have aged like fine wine can do in that world.
  7. Stamp, whose ability to make Wilson simultaneously coarse and charismatic is irresistibly entertaining.
  8. Intoxicatingly well-crafted entertainment about hunting down your enemy.
  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
    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.
  12. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    A mesmerizing mood piece.
  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
    A wonderfully complex character at the center of a gratifyingly satisfying yarn.
  15. 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.
  16. It's clever, cool fun and it looks great.
  17. 75
    In its quiet and murderous way, it is like the delayed final act of an old movie about drugs, guns and revenge.
  18. The violent story is standard "film noir" fare, but Soderbergh treats it with oomph and imagination.
  19. 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.
  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. (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.
  22. A highly enjoyable and offbeat thriller.
  23. This intelligent, oddly aloof thriller is a worthy follow-up to director Steven Soderberg's "Out of Sight."
  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: Emanuel Levy
    One has no problem praising the bravura acting of the entire ensemble.
  29. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Perhaps you have to have lived through the 1960s to relate.
  30. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Soderbergh slices, dices and Cuisinarts the script into flashbacks, scene shifts, stop motion and other distracting foolery.
  31. 40
    A disappointed meditation on the '60s.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jun 11, 2015
    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. Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. ClaytonL.
    Mar 1, 2007
    Terrible. Another gangster movie with unconvincing actors.