Review Round Up: The Gentlemen

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Guy Ritchie’s latest film starring Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant.

The Guardian: *** “Ritchie has made an entertaining return to his mockney roots.”

The Independent: * “What’s missing is any of the genuine grittiness that made Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels worth paying attention to in the first place. The Gentlemen feels long past its sell-by-date.”

Empire: *** “Ritchie’s style may be more refined these days, but he has not matured enough to stop the carpet c-bombing, witty subtitles, animated maps, YouTube fight-porn parodies and Tarantino-esque digressions.” 

Hollywood Reporter: ” All the same, The Gentlemen is too cheerfully shallow to merit much serious critique. Overall, it fulfills its primary function as an effortlessly entertaining caper, with Ritchie and Grant both doing their funniest work in years.”

NME: ** “What’s a bit lacking is interesting paths for those characters. The plotting is repetitive; a series of willy-waving confrontations: A lesser gangster threatens a bigger one, then gets put in his place and usually punched or shot. The twists and turns of the betrayals matter little because they’re expected. Each reveal arrives with inevitability.”

Screen Daily: “Guy Ritchie reclaims the genre that brought him to fame but does little more than shuffle battered parts into an intermittently entertaining configuration.”

The Telegraph: *** “The Gentlemen is a valiant, often raucous bid to drag the tried-and-true old Ritchie formula into the present, and while the result feels like he got about as far as 2005”

Variety:  “The actors, splendidly kitted out in autumnal suiting and knitwear by costume designer Michael Wilkinson, have what fun they can with such thin, dated material, but everyone here deserves better: Despite scattered references to grime music and Brexit, “The Gentlemen” carries precious little flavor, either in its quick, choppy craft or its familiarly expletive-laden dialogue, of British life, politics, vernacular or even filmmaking in 2019”

The Wrap: “It’s just like old times. Ritchie may not be exploring uncharted territory, but you can bet it was more fun to make “The Gentlemen” than it was to make “Aladdin” or “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” It’s more fun to watch “The Gentleman” than those films, too.”

Indie Wire: “Visually unexceptional when it’s not plain squalid, shameless in its bid for a sequel, “The Gentlemen” is the film Britain deserves as it staggers backwards into the New Year under the questionable influence of an unabashedly populist leader. America: save yourselves.”

The Upcoming: *** “It’s the type of film where you already know if you’re going to see it. So, for those of you on the fence, it is quite funny and well-crafted. After a while, though, the constant string of “Chinese names are hard to pronounce” jokes, combined with the “Jewish millionaire trying to get a cheaper deal” throughline, make one wonder if The Gentlemen is stuck in the past. Not even the glimmer of a star-studded cast is enough to distract from it.”

The Gentlemen is released in UK cinemas on the 1st January.

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