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Bronson

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United Kingdom

2008

Rated R • 1h 32m

Director Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring Tom Hardy, Matt King, James Lance, Kelly Adams

Genre Action, Crime, Drama

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A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Despite the artistic flourishes, this is still an utterly repellent look at a psychopath who does not deserve the attention of the filmmakers or the audience.
90

The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Bronson invites you to admire its protagonist as a pure, muscular embodiment of anarchy. And perhaps you will, but you may also be glad that he’s still behind bars.
100

Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

Bronson owes a little or a lot to Kubrick's "Clockwork Orange," but if that's a crime I wish more people would commit it.
80

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Refn has somehow found his way to an authentic English hard-man drama, anchored in a dynamite performance, even as it celebrates thug life.
83

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

There are two Bronsons on display here: the impossible thug that we don’t dare release into polite society, and the guy we enjoy watching do his terrible thing. The man and the movie are both living, punching contradictions.
75

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Tom Hardy gives an amazing performance as Peterson, who took on the nickname Charlie Bronson, after the "Death Wish" actor.

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