Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 4 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jun 29, 2020
    80
    Overall, Gangs of London promises to be a wild and wildly polished ride, even before the twist at the end of the 90-minute opener.
  2. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Jun 29, 2020
    80
    Director Gareth Evans has succeeded in melding the tropes of martial arts, video games and slasher films so that one feels detached from the brutality. The action is balletic more than it is horrific; the blows don't land as emotionally. ... The cast is excellent (so nice to see Catelyn Stark OK, Michelle Fairley as the gangster's wife) and I could watch Lucian Msamati in anything.
  3. Reviewed by: Adam White
    Jun 29, 2020
    60
    The show does well to quickly build its own mythology, and there are interesting elements sprinkled throughout related to class, race and poor, Sixties immigrants raising well-educated sons. ... You just wish Gangs of London would settle on a consistent mood: either lean into the nonsense, or quit pretending you’re The Wire. As it stands, you probably wouldn’t want to join this particular gang.
  4. Reviewed by: Anita Singh
    Jun 29, 2020
    20
    None of it rings true. The cast is high-calibre – the aforementioned actors have done excellent work elsewhere, as have the likes of Mark Lewis Jones, Michelle Fairley and David Bradley, and Dirisu is good – but they’re lumbered with terrible dialogue.

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