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Grimsby

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United Kingdom, United States
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2016

Rated R · 1h 23m

Director Louis Leterrier
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Penélope Cruz

Genre Action, Comedy

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Wrongfully accused and on the run, a top MI6 assassin joins forces with his long-lost, football hooligan brother to save the world from a sinister plot.

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CineVue by

Grimsby fails in its satirical mission due to a hodgepodge of generic action and ill-advised comedy.
60

Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

Nobby is hardly a character for the ages. He's a basic fool. The movie, too, is chaotic and crude. But its lack of sophistication, like its odd mix of souped-up action and base comedy, ultimately feels like a badge of honour.
60

Screen International by Fionnuala Halligan

Sacha Baron Cohen didn’t become a household name by pulling his punches. While his latest subversion Grimsby is ostensibly a routinely lowbrow British comedy, it’s also a something of stealth device to test the waters as to how far down he can bottom-feed.
40

Variety by Guy Lodge

Baron Cohen’s unflinching ability to play dumb is still good for a few chuckles, making some of the film’s funniest moments out of its most innocent quips.
20

Empire by Helen O'Hara

It may occasionally shock a laugh from you, but between those moments your face will be a rictus of horror.
50

The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

Baron Cohen and Strong are both robustly physical performers, and their finest moments are when they’re grappling with each other, producing a great tangle of limbs and teeth. But the script, credited to Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham (based on a story by Baron Cohen and Johnston), is not especially generous to the other members of the cast.
40

Total Film by Neil Smith

The strange thing about Grimsby is that it works much better as a Bond-spoofing actioner than it does as a politically incorrect rib-tickler.
40

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Grimsby has the occasional laugh and a succession of finely wrought grossout spectaculars which are reasonably entertaining.... But with its cod-Bond and mock-action material it carries a weird overall feel, like kids’ TV but produced on a lavish scale with added filth.
80

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Grimsby doesn’t ever wound quite as devastatingly as Borat or Brüno, but it’s a vital, lavish, venomously profane two fingers up at Benefits Street pity porn and the social division it fosters. I laughed, winced, gagged, then laughed even more.

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