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The directorial debut of William Monahan, the screenwriter of The Departed, London Boulevard follows an ex-con trying to make a fresh start in a relationship with a reclusive actress. A sexy, stylish gangster thriller bristling with wit and brutal intrigue, London Boulevard stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley as star-crossed lovers who run afoul of one of London's most vicious crime bosses. -- (C) IFC

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A stylish if familiar tale of a man hopelessly entangled in his past."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Monahan's trademark tart dialogue is as strong as ever, and Farrell and Winstone make for a formidable pair of opponents."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"As gangster thrillers go, this one is a ripper. William Monahan, Oscar-winning screenwriter for The Departed (2006) has adapted Ken Bruen's book in great style and directs his top cast adroitly"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley make a dynamite pairing."
‑ Phil Villarreal, OK! Magazine
"Knightley does an adequate job and fans of Farrell, while they might admire his performance, will probably be disappointed with the overall film."
‑ Neil Rosen, NY1-TV
"A movie is more than dialogue and a soundtrack. And direction is a lot more than making sure all your favorite parts of your own script make it to the screen intact."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"There is too much to be absorbed in too little time and not enough tissue connecting abbreviated, sometimes unnecessary subplots."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"There are all kinds of weirdo supporting players and the requisite amount of bloody killing scenes, but it doesn't add up to much and London Boulevard just feels like its trying to hard to be edgy."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Screenwriter William Monahan trades in South Boston for South London, only to discover he forgot to pack his A to Z."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Flawed but impressively executed, the movie has a distinct reverberation that holds the formula together, making the mean business of unlawful behavior convincing in the face of absolute predictability."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"In trying to take a bite out of crime and another out of fame, [Monahan has] ended up with more than he can chew for his first time in the director's chair."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Had the film stood still more often, its stylish gambit would have worked better."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"This crime story smacks of all-too-familiar elements and is told with a blandly straightforward approach."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"The confidence of London Boulevard never tips into cockiness. This is style with some intelligence behind it."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
"Has the kind of edge that too few movies allow themselves...handled with skill and a blend of wit and suspense."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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