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  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Richard Attenborough nailed that purity 64 years ago, and Sam Riley nails it now. His Pinkie is a slim, mesmerizing package of immaculate and undiluted evil, clear as a stick of Brighton Rock candy. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    While the two leads emerge soulless as melodrama hovers around the edges of the tale, the era is convincingly portrayed and the melancholy mood is hauntingly rendered. show more

  • 70
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The film is almost distractingly beautiful to look at, something that accentuates the tension between the film's conflicting quantities, i.e., the glories of the physical world, and the corrupted humanity it hosts. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Though he has a true appreciation for detail, Joffe has the scar-faced Pinkie so scurvy that Rose ought to run the minute she sees him. show more

  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Rowan Joffe's film of Graham Greene's 1938 novel "Brighton Rock" takes a gothic approach to the story of a young thug obsessed with hell with little of the writer's subtlety and too much reliance on a loud quasi-religious choral score. show more

  • 65
    S.T. Vanairsdale Movieline

    Where Joffe purposely departs from "Brighton Rock" deprives his movie of the book's most revelatory element: Faith. Gorgeous, ambitious and daring as it often is, Brighton Rock has no soul. show more

  • 70
    Bob Mondello NPR

    You can't accuse the new Brighton Rock of being untrue to the book - it actually reinstates the novel's climax, placing violent events back atop a cliff as Greene had originally, rather than on the Brighton Pier, as he had in his screenplay. show more

  • 75
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Doesn't rise to classic status, but it's an intriguing mood piece. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I know the novel, and as dark as this film is, I believe it hesitates to follow Greene into his dark abyss. It is about helplessness and evil, but isn't merciless enough. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Although Joffe appears to be making a Brighton version of the seductively natty evil we find stateside in "Boardwalk Empire," this Brighton Rock remains muffled, half-formed pulp fiction. show more

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