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All Jason Statham Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

Once, during a long-ago era called The ’80s, Hollywood action heroes roamed the Earth with bulging biceps and names like Sly, Arnold, and Bruce. With a limitless supply of weapons and wisecracks, they saved the world countless times, only to be exiled to the land of Direct-to-Video for their trouble, where they wandered lost throughout the ’90s and much of the aughts. But they’re fighting their way back from extinction, thanks in large part to the tenacious efforts of steely-eyed roughnecks like Jason Statham, the veteran of latter-day genre classics like Crank, The Bank Job, and recent Fast and Furious sequels and spinoffs, who rose to stardom on the strength of his appearances in Guy Ritchie‘s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. To celebrate his bravery in the face of indie dramas and romantic comedies, we’ve rounded up all of his major roles to offer a comprehensive look back at all Jason Statham movies, sorted by Tomatometer.

#40
Adjusted Score: 4326%
Critics Consensus: Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film.
Synopsis: As war looms in an idyllic kingdom, a man named Farmer (Jason Statham) begins a heroic quest to find his... [More]
Directed By: Uwe Boll

#39

Turn It Up (2000)
8%

#39
Adjusted Score: 7684%
Critics Consensus: Reviewers say Turn It Up has a derivative feel, running through too many urban movie cliches.
Synopsis: In the ghetto, the only thing more dangerous than a gun is a dream. And gifted Brooklyn hip-hop artist Diamond... [More]
Directed By: Robert Adetuyi

#38

13 (2010)
8%

#38
Adjusted Score: 3920%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A desperate man (Sam Riley) takes part in an underworld game of Russian roulette in which gamblers place bets on... [More]
Directed By: Gela Babluani

#37

War (2007)
13%

#37
Adjusted Score: 14872%
Critics Consensus: Jet Li and Jason Statham find themselves on opposing sides in the immensely boring War, which is full of clichés but short on action.
Synopsis: After his partner and family are killed, FBI agent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) becomes obsessed with revenge on an assassin... [More]
Directed By: Philip G. Atwell

#36

London (2005)
14%

#36
Adjusted Score: 13715%
Critics Consensus: Hampered by pretension and undermined by unlikable characters, London proves that the novelty of seeing actors play against type isn't enough to rescue a deeply flawed film.
Synopsis: Upon learning that his ex-lover (Jessica Biel) is leaving New York, a man (Chris Evans) named Syd crashes her going-away... [More]
Directed By: Hunter Richards

#35

The One (2001)
13%

#35
Adjusted Score: 15993%
Critics Consensus: The One plays more like a video game than a movie and borrows freely from other, better sci-fi actioners, burying Jet Li's spectacular talents under heaps of editing and special effects.
Synopsis: In a stunning dual role, international star Jet Li portrays Gabriel Yulaw, a police officer confronted with a sinister form... [More]
Directed By: James Wong

#34

Revolver (2005)
15%

#34
Adjusted Score: 16004%
Critics Consensus: In attempting to meld his successful previous formulas with philosophical musings, Guy Ritchie has produced an incoherent misfire.
Synopsis: Jake Green is a hotshot gambler, long on audacity and short on common sense. Jake served seven years in jail... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#33
Adjusted Score: 25890%
Critics Consensus: John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is not one of Carpenter's better movies, filled as it is with bad dialogue, bad acting, confusing flashbacks, and scenes that are more campy than scary.
Synopsis: Long inhabited by human settlers, the Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#32

Killer Elite (2011)
28%

#32
Adjusted Score: 31471%
Critics Consensus: A rote, utterly disposable Jason Statham vehicle that just happens to have Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in it.
Synopsis: Danny Bryce (Jason Statham), one of the world's deadliest special-ops agents, returns from self-imposed exile after his mentor, Hunter (Robert... [More]
Directed By: Gary McKendry

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 32988%
Critics Consensus: With little to recommend beyond a handful of entertaining set pieces, Mechanic: Resurrection suggests this franchise should have remained in its tomb.
Synopsis: Living under cover in Brazil, master assassin Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) springs back into action after an old enemy (Sam... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Gansel

#30

Wild Card (2015)
31%

#30
Adjusted Score: 32599%
Critics Consensus: Hardcore Jason Statham fans may enjoy parts of Wild Card, but all other action aficionados need not apply.
Synopsis: A bodyguard (Jason Statham) goes after the sadistic thug who beat his friend, only to find that the object of... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 39220%
Critics Consensus: Like its predecessors, Expendables 3 offers a modicum of all-star thrills for old-school action thriller aficionados -- but given all the talent assembled, it should have been a lot more fun.
Synopsis: Years ago, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) co-founded the Expendables with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). After Stonebanks became an arms dealer,... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Hughes

#28

Mean Machine (2001)
34%

#28
Adjusted Score: 34123%
Critics Consensus: Despite some genuine wit, this crowd pleaser is filled with too many cliches.
Synopsis: In a rough-and-tumble British prison, where murderers, thieves and assorted madmen are locked away, inmate Danny Meehan (Vinnie Jones) is... [More]
Directed By: Barry Skolnick

#27

Transporter 3 (2008)
40%

#27
Adjusted Score: 44156%
Critics Consensus: This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.
Synopsis: Mob courier Frank Martin's (Jason Statham) latest assignment pairs him with Valentina (Natalya Rudakova), the cynical daughter of a Ukrainian... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Megaton

#26

Parker (2013)
40%

#26
Adjusted Score: 43881%
Critics Consensus: Jason Statham is game as usual, but Parker is a thoroughly generic and convoluted heist movie.
Synopsis: Daring, ruthless and meticulous, Parker (Jason Statham) is one of the most successful thieves in the business. But when his... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#25

Death Race (2008)
42%

#25
Adjusted Score: 47174%
Critics Consensus: Mindless, violent, and lightning-paced, Death Race is little more than an empty action romp.
Synopsis: Framed for a murder he did not commit, three-time speedway champ Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) finds himself at Terminal Island,... [More]
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson

#24

The Expendables (2010)
42%

#24
Adjusted Score: 49868%
Critics Consensus: It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his loyal men take on what they think is a routine assignment: a... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#23

Homefront (2013)
42%

#23
Adjusted Score: 46284%
Critics Consensus: While it boasts a capable cast, the disappointingly dull Homefront hearkens back to classic action thrillers without adding anything to the genre.
Synopsis: Hoping to escape from his troubled past, former DEA agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) moves to a seemingly quiet backwater... [More]
Directed By: Gary Fleder

#22

The Meg (2018)
46%

#22
Adjusted Score: 63726%
Critics Consensus: The Meg sets audiences up for a good old-fashioned B-movie creature feature, but lacks the genre thrills -- or the cheesy bite -- to make it worth diving in.
Synopsis: Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#21

Blitz (2011)
48%

#21
Adjusted Score: 48077%
Critics Consensus: A middling crime thriller largely assembled from wearyingly familiar parts, Blitz sacks a game Jason Statham's performance behind the line of genre scrimmage.
Synopsis: A tough cop (Jason Statham) goes after a serial killer who targets police officers.... [More]
Directed By: Elliott Lester

#20

Redemption (2013)
49%

#20
Adjusted Score: 50284%
Critics Consensus: While it certainly has more on its mind than the average Jason Statham action thriller, Redemption doesn't quite capitalize on its premise -- or on its star's strong, committed performance.
Synopsis: A troubled war veteran (Jason Statham) assumes a new identity and becomes a vigilante in a bid to atone for... [More]
Directed By: Steven Knight

#19

Transporter 2 (2005)
52%

#19
Adjusted Score: 56452%
Critics Consensus: A stylish and more focused sequel to The Transporter, the movie is over-the-top fun for fans of the first movie.
Synopsis: Mercenary Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has accepted a job that seems easy enough, as chauffeur and bodyguard to young Jack... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#18

The Mechanic (2011)
53%

#18
Adjusted Score: 59194%
Critics Consensus: Jason Statham and Ben Foster turn in enjoyable performances, but this superficial remake betrays them with mind-numbing violence and action thriller cliches.
Synopsis: One of an elite group of assassins, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) may be the best in the business. Bishop carries... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#17

The Transporter (2002)
54%

#17
Adjusted Score: 56853%
Critics Consensus: The Transporter delivers the action at the expense of coherent storytelling.
Synopsis: Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin (Jason Statham) lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring... [More]
Directed By: Corey Yuen

#16

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
55%

#16
Adjusted Score: 59557%
Critics Consensus: While it has moments of inspiration, Gnomeo and Juliet is often too self-referential for its own good.
Synopsis: In Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, Miss Capulet and Mr. Montague feud over whose garden is the better. Garden gnomes... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Asbury

#15

Cellular (2004)
55%

#15
Adjusted Score: 60201%
Critics Consensus: Though it's gimmicky and occasionally feels like a high-end cell phone ad, Cellular is also an energetic and twisty thriller.
Synopsis: Schoolteacher Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is abducted by ruthless crook Ethan (Jason Statham) and brought to a remote hideout, where... [More]
Directed By: David R. Ellis

#14

Safe (2012)
59%

#14
Adjusted Score: 62274%
Critics Consensus: While hard-hitting and violently inventive, Safe ultimately proves too formulaic to set itself apart from the action thriller pack -- including some of its star's better films.
Synopsis: Luke Wright (Jason Statham) is a two-bit cage fighter, until the day he throws a fixed match. In retaliation, the... [More]
Directed By: Boaz Yakin

#13

Crank (2006)
61%

#13
Adjusted Score: 64573%
Critics Consensus: Crank's assaultive style and gleeful depravity may turn off casual action fans, but audiences seeking a strong dose of adrenaline will be thrilled by Jason Statham's raucous race against mortality.
Synopsis: Chev Chelios (Jason Statham), a hit man wanting to go straight, lets his latest target slip away, then he awakes... [More]

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 66186%
Critics Consensus: Crank: High Voltage delivers on its promises: a fast-paced, exciting thrill ride that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Synopsis: After surviving an incredible plunge to near-certain death, Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is abducted by Chinese mobsters. Waking up three... [More]

#11

Wrath of Man (2021)
66%

#11
Adjusted Score: 79653%
Critics Consensus: Wrestling just enough stakes out of its thin plot, Wrath of Man sees Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham reunite for a fun, action-packed ride.
Synopsis: Mysterious and wild-eyed, a new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 72216%
Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the Expendables team reunite when Mr.... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 90575%
Critics Consensus: The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: With Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#8
Adjusted Score: 88516%
Critics Consensus: Hobbs & Shaw doesn't rev as high as the franchise's best installments, but gets decent mileage out of its well-matched stars and over-the-top action sequences.
Synopsis: Brixton Lorr is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who possesses superhuman strength, a brilliant mind and a lethal pathogen that could... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

#7

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
71%

#7
Adjusted Score: 78448%
Critics Consensus: With high-octane humor and terrific action scenes, Fast & Furious 6 builds upon the winning blockbuster formula that made Fast 5 a critical and commercial success.
Synopsis: Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian's (Paul Walker) heist in Rio left them and their crew very rich people, they've... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#6

The Italian Job (2003)
73%

#6
Adjusted Score: 78186%
Critics Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.
Synopsis: After a heist in Venice, Steve (Edward Norton) turns on his partners in crime, killing safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland)... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#5

Snatch (2000)
74%

#5
Adjusted Score: 78292%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps a case of style over substance, Guy Ritchie's second crime caper is full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.
Synopsis: Illegal boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham) convinces gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) to offer bets on bare-knuckle boxer Mickey (Brad... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#4
Adjusted Score: 77268%
Critics Consensus: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.
Synopsis: Eddy (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#3

The Bank Job (2008)
80%

#3
Adjusted Score: 84681%
Critics Consensus: Well cast and crisply directed, The Bank Job is a thoroughly entertaining British heist thriller.
Synopsis: Self-reformed petty criminal Terry Leather (Jason Statham) has become a financially struggling car dealer and settled into a pedestrian London... [More]
Directed By: Roger Donaldson

#2

Furious 7 (2015)
82%

#2
Adjusted Score: 92414%
Critics Consensus: Serving up a fresh round of over-the-top thrills while adding unexpected dramatic heft, Furious 7 keeps the franchise moving in more ways than one.
Synopsis: After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#1

Spy (2015)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104610%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
Synopsis: Despite having solid field training, CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has spent her entire career as a desk jockey,... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

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All Guy Ritchie Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

Who had a more explosive directorial debut in the rollicking, post-Pulp Fiction ’90s than Guy Ritchie with his Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels? The stylish, gritty descent into the criminal underworld rocked both sides of the Atlantic, which then gave Ritchie the opportunity to give his style an even slicker, international sheen with Snatch.

So synonymous is Ritchie with this style and subject matter that no matter where his career takes him, whenever he returns to this topic it’s always celebrated as a back-to-basics comeback. RocknRolla, for example, helped sweep away the sour tastes of Swept Away and Revolver.

And now The Gentlemen and Wrath of Man have arrived as counterpoint to the blockbuster bombast of Aladdin and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. (Though certainly Sherlock Holmes and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. found a happy, kinetic medium between these two extremes.)

Which movies are his Freshest? Find out in our guide to every Guy Ritchie movie, ranked by Tomatometer!

#12

Swept Away (2002)
5%

#12
Adjusted Score: 6995%
Critics Consensus: Muddled and lacking the political context of the original, Swept Away offers further proof that Madonna can't act.
Synopsis: Imagine being shipwrecked on a beautiful island -- with someone you really can't stand. A young soldier (Adriano Giannini) is... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#11

Revolver (2005)
15%

#11
Adjusted Score: 16004%
Critics Consensus: In attempting to meld his successful previous formulas with philosophical musings, Guy Ritchie has produced an incoherent misfire.
Synopsis: Jake Green is a hotshot gambler, long on audacity and short on common sense. Jake served seven years in jail... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#10
Adjusted Score: 50751%
Critics Consensus: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword piles mounds of modern action flash on an age-old tale -- and wipes out much of what made it a classic story in the first place.
Synopsis: After the murder of his father, young Arthur's power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright,... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#9

Aladdin (2019)
57%

#9
Adjusted Score: 80006%
Critics Consensus: Aladdin retells its classic source material's story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.
Synopsis: Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#8
Adjusted Score: 67865%
Critics Consensus: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a good yarn thanks to its well-matched leading men but overall stumbles duplicating the well-oiled thrills of the original.
Synopsis: When Austria's crown prince is found dead, evidence seems to point to suicide. However, detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.)... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#7

RocknRolla (2008)
60%

#7
Adjusted Score: 64591%
Critics Consensus: Mixed reviews for Guy Ritchie's return to his London-based cockney wideboy gangster movie roots, but most agree, it's a step in the right direction following two major turkeys.
Synopsis: Old-school mobster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) rules London's underworld with an iron fist and a score of well-greased palms. As... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#6

Wrath of Man (2021)
66%

#6
Adjusted Score: 79653%
Critics Consensus: Wrestling just enough stakes out of its thin plot, Wrath of Man sees Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham reunite for a fun, action-packed ride.
Synopsis: Mysterious and wild-eyed, a new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 79089%
Critics Consensus: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tries to distract from an unremarkable story with charismatic stars and fizzy set pieces, adding up to an uneven action thriller with just enough style to overcome its lack of substance.
Synopsis: At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#4

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
69%

#4
Adjusted Score: 79287%
Critics Consensus: Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.
Synopsis: When a string of brutal murders terrorizes London, it doesn't take long for legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.)... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#3

Snatch (2000)
74%

#3
Adjusted Score: 78292%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps a case of style over substance, Guy Ritchie's second crime caper is full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.
Synopsis: Illegal boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham) convinces gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) to offer bets on bare-knuckle boxer Mickey (Brad... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#2
Adjusted Score: 77268%
Critics Consensus: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.
Synopsis: Eddy (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#1

The Gentlemen (2020)
75%

#1
Adjusted Score: 93415%
Critics Consensus: It may not win writer-director Guy Ritchie many new converts, but for those already attuned to the filmmaker's brash wavelength, The Gentlemen stands tall.
Synopsis: Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

It’s not a vintage week for releases this week, but nevertheless it’s encouraging to see the two big British releases getting their fair share of the plaudits. Guy Ritchie returns to his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch roots in the London-based gangster flick Rocknrolla. Keira Knightley squeezes into yet another corset for the period drama The Duchess. Nicolas Cage squeezes into yet another improbable hairpiece for the Hollywood remake of Thai hitman thriller Bangkok Dangerous. And the movie literally no-one had been waiting for, Disaster Movie hits our screens. So what did the critics have to say?

After two bona-fide Tomatometer turkeys – Swept Away at 5% and Revolver at 16% – Guy Ritchie returns to more familiar roots with cockney-crime-caper Rocknrolla, and with the film currently at 63%, the critics agree he has taken a step in the right direction. A fine cast, snappy direction and trademark flashy editing add positives, whilst a poor script, naff gags and derivative plotting referencing his own previous movies drag down the movie on the negative side. All in all, a return to form, even if that form wasn’t particularly great in the first place.

The distributors have unashamedly promoted The Duchess with the tagline “There were three people in her marriage” to draw parallels with the titular Duchess of Devonshire and her direct descendent Diana Spencer, but most critics feel the comparisons and allusions in the movie itself are heavy handed and predictable. Just scraping in as Fresh at 65% on the Tomatometer, Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes deliver decent enough performances to prevent it from leaning from period drama to period soap opera.

With limited press screenings, and a review embargo until today, Nic Cage’s latest, Bangkok Dangerous, had a whiff of being Rotten before the day had even began. With a new low for Cage at 10% on the Tomatometer, the critics are wondering when the once-funny and dependable Cage will stop appearing in every pointless remake going. The biggest talking point of the movie seems to be Cage’s hair piece with Charlotte O’Sullivan of London’s Evening Standard saying, “It seems Cage wants the world to believe he still has long, flowing locks; if so, his big mistake was to graft bits of an old shag-pile carpet onto his head. Because that’s what his ‘hair’ looks like.”

The original centred on a deaf-mute hitman, but with Cage starring and producing, this interesting angle on a tired genre is thrown out in favour of Cage, you know, talking and that, so then it does just end up being a tired generic addition to the actors recent poor output.

But what can be said of Disaster Movie other than Movie Disaster? At a truly pathetic 0% on the Tomatometer, its seems that the bottom of the barrel that Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer had been scraping for their previous stinkers, Meet the Spartans and Date Movie, has finally given way and they have started to scrape the mouldy detritus beneath, to bring us what could potentially end up being the worst movie of the year. Devoid of laughs, humour or charm, shamelessly referencing nearly every movie from the last 12 months, seemingly without having seen half of them, Disaster Movie has managed to elicit precisely zero positive points from any of the UK critics.

Quote of the Week
“You’ll find yourself less fixated on inner turmoil than whether you could feasibly slip a cocktail sausage between her perma-pouting lips.”
The Duchess — Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro

RocknRolla is, critics are rumbling, Guy Ritchie‘s powerful return to form, a snappy ensemble crime caper featuring drug dealers, Russian billionaires, rock stars and a priceless painting. And with two sequels planned, along with a big-screen adaptation of Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr., it seems the inventor of the mockney gangster flick has returned from the rocky road of Revolver and Swept Away.

His lead in RocknRolla, Gerard Butler, couldn’t be on finer form. After breaking out in a big way as Leonidas in Zack Snyder‘s excellent 300, the Scottish actor is now one of Hollywood’s most beloved A-listers, even an appearance in the risible P.S. I Love You didn’t seem to shake his cool.

RT caught up with Butler in London to talk RocknRolla and learn more about the rumours of a 300 sequel. Would the actor be up for hitting the gym for a potential flashback-cameo from Leonidas in follow-up? Watch the feature and find out!


Click the image to watch the interview!

If you loved Will Smith’s I Am Legend up until its final chapters, you’re in luck; a decidedly different denouement can be found on the special edition DVD, our top pick for you home video enthusiasts. For more subdued thrills, the Oscar-nominated romance Atonement is also new to shelves; Disney’s delightful princess pic Enchanted offers even lighter fare. More adventurous moviegoers have magnificent critical bungles to dissect in Richard Kelly’s science fiction Southland Tales, Guy Ritchie’s crime pic Revolver, also new this week.


I Am Legend – Two-Disc Special Edition

Tomatometer: 68%

While Will Smith‘s last-man-on-Earth pic broke box office records last December and proved yet again that the erstwhile Fresh Prince is worth his salt as an action hero, the final scenes of Francis Lawrence‘s adaptation (from the Richard Matheson novel) left many viewers cold. But Warner Bros. has the ultimate treat for those of you who left the theater shaking your heads: a wildly different alternate ending on the Two-Disc Special Edition of I Am Legend that might just redeem the theatrical cut’s last-act inanity. The muscled Smith acquits himself well as the last remaining survivor of a global outbreak, tromping the empty streets of Manhattan by day and battling the vampiric infected by night while slowly going crazy from loneliness. Catch the usual special features on an accompanying DVD-ROM, but again, the real reason to pick up this release is the film itself — and its bonus alternate ending.

Atonement

Tomatometer: 82%

Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star as young lovers torn apart by a single, devastating lie in director Joe Wright‘s stunning epic romance. When rich and beautiful Cecilia Tallis (Knightley) gets caught in a clinch with her childhood friend, Robbie Turner (McAvoy), their love must withstand a false accusation by Cecilia’s young sister, Briony (Saiorse Ronan) then prison, war, and separation. Wright’s critically acclaimed period pic — the epitome of the prestige piece, and movingly executed — is at once romance, mystery, war film and character drama, all set to Dario Marinelli‘s Oscar-winning syncopated, symphonic score. Deleted scenes, featurettes on adapting the Ian McEwan novel and making the film, and a commentary track by director Wright complement the release.


Enchanted


Tomatometer: 93%

The limitation of classic Disney films like Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty has been that, while perfectly…enchanting within the confines of their animated worlds, such stories couldn’t possibly translate with real actors. (Besides, where would you find real mice and birds that could sew Cinderella’s dress together without making a mess?) Enter Enchanted, Disney’s stab at a live-action princess movie complete with animal friends and impromptu singing; with the lovable Amy Adams as a cartoon heroine come to life in dirty, real-life New York City, the Mouse House gamble proved lucky. Critics liked the film’s relentlessly cheery sensibility and self-aware Disneyfications; we like a good blooper reel on any DVD release. Extras include Carrie Underwood’s music video for “Ever Ever After” and behind-the-scenes featurettes for two of the film’s Oscar-nominated songs.

Southland Tales


Tomatometer: 34%

Not a single American film in the past few years has piqued as much curiosity, or as much critical debate, as Richard Kelly‘s Southland Tales. A huge-scaled futuristic-philosophical romp about fate in post-nuclear Los Angeles starring the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake, and half the cast of Saturday Night Live, Kelly’s sci-fi opus was either an artsy, ambitious endeavor or simply the sophomore slump inevitably following Kelly’s similarly divisive Donnie Darko. Yours truly was in the infamous Cannes audience when Kelly unleashed his behemoth upon the world and will be among the obsessed watching the DVD over and over for any clue as to what he was thinking; alas, no explanation by way of director commentary appears on this initial disc.

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising


Tomatometer: 13%

Fans of author Susan Cooper’s children’s fantasy series The Dark Is Rising will likely be disappointed, if not downright outraged, by this big-screen adaptation of her second book. Why? Try skipping the first novel entirely and making a number of story alterations, the most obvious of which is Americanizing the 14-year-old protagonist. But critics say that even the uninitiated viewer should be wary, lest subpar computer graphics, a boring script, and a fantasy yarn that is decidedly un-fantastic — about a teen plopped into an ancient battle between good and evil — is your idea of a good time.

Revolver


Tomatometer: 16%

In his latest film, Guy Ritchie tackles gangsters and criminals — shocker, right? But Revolver, his last film since the disaster that was Swept Away, is more than just an uber-Brit shoot-em-up starring Jason Statham…ok, so it also stars Statham (who made his name in early Ritchie films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch). And it was a critical and commercial disappointment (just like Swept Away). That’s partially because Revolver, like Ritchie compatriot Matthew Vaughn‘s Layer Cake, is an existential kind of gangster thriller — perhaps over-indulgently so, say scribes. Con man Jake Green (Statham) leaves a long prison stint to seek revenge on the man who put him there (Ray Liotta). Throw in gambling, hitmen, Andre “3000” Benjamin, a blood disease, supposed Kabbalah references, and philosophical musings galore, and you’ve got one heck of a mess — just the latest in Ritchie’s filmography before his next crime pic.

Thus concludes our latest round-up of new releases. Remember your Latin: “Nam et ipsa scientia potestas es.”

This week at the movies, we’ve got the first installment of the His Dark
Materials
trilogy:
The Golden Compass
, starring
Nicole Kidman,
Dakota
Blue Richards
, and
Daniel Craig. What do the critics have to say?

The highly-anticipated
The Golden Compass
is the first of Philip
Pullman’s novels to hit the screen. It has a veritable Murderer’s Row of acting
talent (Nicole Kidman,
Sam Elliott,
Eva Green,
Daniel Craig,
Ian McKellen,
Tom
Courtenay
, Derek Jacobi,
Ian McShane,
Christopher Lee, and
newcomer
Dakota
Blue Richards
). And critics say it’s got visual flash to spare. Unfortunately, they
also largely feel Compass is a little too cold to work any kind of spell.
The film tells the story of a 12-year-old girl attempting to save her friend
from the strange, malevolent Gobblers, and finds herself in a realm of mystery
and fantastical beings. Pundits say the wondrous production design and
way-too-brisk plot overwhelms the characters, and delivers little of the
intended sense of wonder. At 45 percent on the Tomatometer, The Golden
Compass
doesn’t quite shine.
 




But does it know the way to San Jose?

Also opening this week in limited release: Mexican import The Violin,
about three generations of musicians/guerillas, is at 100 percent on the
Tomatometer; Juno, starring
Ellen Page and
Michael Cera
in the comic tale of a sharp teen coping with an unplanned pregnancy, is
Certified Fresh at 92 percent (read our Page interview here);
Atonement
, a period drama about star-crossed
lovers starring
Keira Knightley and
James McAvoy,
is Certified Fresh at 88 percent (read our McAvoy and director Joe Wright interviews here and here, respectively);
Billy the Kid
, a doc about a teen dealing with
behavior issues in rural Maine, is at 82 percent;

‘Tis Autumn — the Search
for Jackie Paris
, a doc about an elusive, velvet-voiced jazz singer, is at
71 percent; Grace is Gone, starring
John Cusack as a man who picks up the
pieces after his wife is killed in Iraq, is at 69 percent;
Man in the Chair
,
about the bond between an elderly film crew member and a young cinephile
starring Christopher Plummer, is at 57 percent;
Paul Schrader‘s
The Walker,
starring Woody Harrelson as a D.C. socialite in the midst of some criminal
intrigue, is at 56 percent;
The Amateurs
, starring
Jeff Bridges in the
story of a group of suburbanites who make an adult film, is at 22 percent;
Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding
, based on the semi-improvisational off-Broadway comedy,
is at 20 percent; and
Guy Ritchie‘s
Revolver, starring Jason Statham as
an expert gambler who goes up against a crime boss, is at 15 percent.




"When I put headphones on my tummy, should I play Pavement or Archers of Loaf?”


Finally, we’d like to give props to
Rocdahut for staying awake long enough to
come closest to guessing Awake‘s 16 percent Tomatometer. I guess this
gives you a good reason to, um, rock the hut, Rocdahut.

Recent Keira Knightly Movies:
————————————–
8% — Silk (2007)
46% — Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
54% —
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
(2006)
85% — Pride and Prejudice (2005)
73% — Pure (2005)

This week at the movies, we’ve got hoopsters with big dreams ("Crossover," starring Anthony Mackie), scary goings-on on remote islands ("The Wicker Man," starring Nicolas Cage), fast, fast vehicles ("Crank," starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart), and magic ("The Illusionist," starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel). What do the critics say?

If you want realism, go rent "The Bicycle Thief." Critics say "Crank" is a ludicrously over-the-top action flick with nary a moment of probability. And that’s a good thing. The story involves a hit man (Statham) who must stay awake to complete his mission and get out of the business. The critics say the film makes precious little sense and eschews both the laws of physics and political correctness. They also note that it is a lot of fun, with terrific action sequences and a knowing sense of humor. Why this movie wasn’t shown to critics beforehand is beyond us, since at 75 percent on the Tomatometer it’s the best reviewed unscreened film of the year, beating out "Snakes on a Plane" (69 percent).


It appears Jason Statham’s alarm isn’t working again.

"The Wicker Man" wasn’t screened for critics either, and this time, it looks like there was a good reason for that. Critics say Neil LaBute‘s remake of the 1973 cult classic subtracts most of the subtext of the original and replaces it with tons of unintentional laughs. Cage stars as a cop who gets ensnared in sinister rituals on a remote island while searching for his girlfriend’s missing child. Scribes say the film was misconceived from the get-go and contains a startling amount of sexism. At 11 percent on the Tomatometer, this "Wicker Man" is getting burned. It’s also well below the original (89 percent).


Movie critics tried a bunch of disguises in an attempt to sneak into screanings of "The Wicker Man."

One of the reasons streetball is so much fun to watch is its sheer unpredictability. The critics say the opposite is the case with the hoops drama "Crossover." The film tells the story of Noah (Mackie), a talented kid who hopes to get to med school with an assist from his hoops scholarship, but must deal with the full court press of some of his relationships. The critics are treating "Crossover" the way Dikembe Mutombo would handle a shot in his direction. They say the film is too by-the-numbers to be dramatic. At zero percent on the Tomatometer, "Crossover" is tied with "Zoom" (each of which have 46 rotten reviews) for the title of worst reviewed film of the year.


"Run, Anthony Mackie! Run for your life! Get help!"

"The Illusionist" goes wide this week, and the critics are largely under the spell of this Sundance-approved period mystery. The film tells the tale of Eisenheim (Norton), a magician who runs afoul with the authorities for his feats of illusion and his romance with the prince’s fiancée (Biel). The scribes are praising "The Illusionist" for its remarkable set design, sweeping romance, and its twisty plot. It currently stands at 75 percent on the Tomatometer, good enough for Certified Fresh status.


In "The Illusionist," Ed Norton plays a man outstanding in his field — or is it out walking? (Thank you. I’ll be here all week.)

Also out this week in limited release: hipster fave Andrew Bujalski‘s no-budget comedy "Mutual Appreciation" is at 100 percent on the Tomatometer; Ric Burns‘ "Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film" is also at 100 percent; that lovable collie "Lassie" is at 90 percent; Kirby Dick‘s guerilla investigation of the MPAA, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," is at 83 percent; Zhang Yimou‘s latest, "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles," is at 69 percent; Edward Burns‘ latest examination of suburban romantic angst, "Looking for Kitty," is at 38 percent; and Mike Judge‘s "Idiocracy," which is in limited release, was not screened for critics.


"Mutual Appreciation": As Sonic Youth might say, confusion is next and next after that is the truth.

Recent Neil LaBute Movies:
————————————
65% — The Shape of Things (2003)
64% — Possession (2002)
83% — Nurse Betty (2000)
76% — Your Friends and Neighbors (1999)
89% — In the Company of Men (1997)

Recent Jason Statham Movies:
—————————————
15% — London (2006)
27% — Revolver (2006)
50% — The Transporter 2 (2005)
73% — The Italian Job (2003)
53% — The Transporter (2002)

Recent Basketball Movies:
——————————–
90% — The Heart of the Game (2006)
58% — Glory Road (2006)
69% — Through the Fire (2005)
14% — Rebound (2005)
64% — Coach Carter (2005)

This last batch of films ends my coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. They’re films of various qualities, starting with "SPL," the Hong Kong actioner that I’m most excited about.

SPL (aka Sha Po Lang)
My main reason for attending the Toronto International Film Festival this year was to watch three Hong Kong movies that will probably not get a theatrical release here in the States – “The Myth,” “Seven Swords,” and “SPL.” Of the three, the cop thriller “SPL” is the most satisfying. Fans of mid-80’s and early 90’s Hong Kong cinema will love this film. It looks slick and gritty, with lots of high contrast shots. Director Wilson Yip also makes great and sparing use of the comic book-style editing unsuccessfully used by Ang Lee in “The Hulk.” Since Yip’s a fan of John Woo, there are a decent number of slow-motion shots of our heroes looking heroic, but they don’t call excessive attention to themselves. Perhaps his best editing achievement in the film is not over-editing the fight scenes, instead utilizing a healthy dosage of wides shots and long takes. During the two climactic battles at the end, Yip allowed three amazingly talented martial artists – Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, and four-time Beijing Wushu champion Wu Jing – to go free-style on each other. The film features great sound editing and a “Kill Bill” influenced soundtrack. Acting-wise, there’s a little too much shouting and finger pointing, but it’s competent overall. The story features characters, both good and bad, in shades of grey. There’s not much difference between cops and mobsters; both will break the law to get the job done. What’s more important is that the story is simple enough that it doesn’t interfere with the action. “SPL” was received enthusiastically at the screening I attended. I think an outfit like Rogue Features could do well with this picture, seeing how the Jet Li vehicle “Unleashed” is their biggest money maker so far.

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
Those looking to see something new from Dave Chappelle after he ditched his cable show can look forward to this docu-concert-sketch film. Shot by Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), the film documents a concert party Chappelle put together in a mystery location in Brooklyn to celebrate the $50M contract renewal for his show with Comedy Central. The concert features acts by some of music’s hippest performers – Kanye West, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, The Roots, and the reunited Fugees. Chappelle is brutally funny when the camera is on him in between those acts.

Revolver
Guy Ritchie’s latest, starring Jason Statham and Ray Liotta, is a crime thriller about criminals conning each other set in a place with a bunch of casinos. The cat-and-mouse game that Statham and Liotta play with each other is engaging, but all of this is ruined by a twist ending that we’ve seen done several times already in recent years. The four critics in our database who reviewed it so far thought it’s pretentious and incoherent.

Manderlay
This is Lars Von Trier’s sequel to “Dogville” with Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Village”) taking over Nicole Kidman’s role. I couldn’t get past it’s gimmicky minimalist technique. It felt like watching a staged production, except it’s not live. It’s also not cinematic. At 50% on the Tomatometer so far, critics who can get past the "Dogville" technique don’t think it has anything new to say about slavery and race.

Films I Wanted to See, But Couldn’t
Brokeback Mountain (Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger Directed by Ang Lee)
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Directed by "Oldboy"’s Chan Wook Park)
Mrs. Henderson Presents (Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins Directed by Stephen Frears)
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (Directed by Martin Scorsese)
Breakfast on Pluto (Directed by Neil Jordan)
Where the Truth Lies (Colin Firth, Kevin Bacon Directed by Atom Egoyan)
Romance and Cigarettes (James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet Directed by John Turturro)
Thank You for Smoking (Aaron Eckhart)

Other Toronto International Film Festival Articles:
Toronto Film Fest: "A History of Violence," "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," "Elizabethtown," "The Matador"
Toronto Film Fest: Soderberg’s "Bublle," "Capote" with Philip Seymore Hoffman
Toronto Film Fest: Tsui Hark’s “Seven Swords” starring Donnie Yen
Toronto Film Fest: World Premiere of "The Myth" starring Jackie Chan
Toronto Film Fest: Tim Burton’s "Corpse Bride" starring Johnny Depp
Toronto Film Fest: "Flightplan" with Jodie Foster and "Shopgirl" with Steve Martin
Toronto Film Fest: "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"

Empire Online has posted some pics of Guy Ritchie‘s next movie, "Revolver." Starring Jason Statham and Ray Liotta, the movie is about a gambler (Statham) who gets on the bad side of a local crime boss. Madonna, Ritchie’s wife, is reportedly also starring in the movie.

See the pics here.

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