Villain

critic Reviews

71% Fresh Tomatometer Score71%
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    Nobody in this movie has a complex inner emotional life, so it's not surprising that the movie's ending is ridiculous.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Dennis HarveyVariety
    Brisk yet flavorful, gritty even when stylish, its occasional plot-logic leap smoothed over by a tone that deftly balances a resigned good humor with violent threat...
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    Any movie containing the line "You need to grab that hacksaw and start on his legs" is already halfway to winning me over, and Philip Barantini's "Villain" does not disappoint.
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    Frank ScheckHollywood Reporter
    Standard genre material brought to life by a quietly compelling performance.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    A muted Fairbrass does some good on-camera brooding, but the character and the film never feel like more than a paper-thin pose.
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    Chris WaywellTime Out
    But Villain feels like twenty-first-century London: racially diverse, divided along class and privilege lines, scared of the young, scared of getting old.
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    Matthew PejkovicMatt's Movie Reviews
    Fairbrass plays sad and desperate with as much authority as he does tough and menacing, delivering one of the best turns in his prolific career while doing so.
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    Dennis SchwartzOzus' World Movie Reviews
    It has an intensity and energy that's explosive.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    The latest story of an ex-con trying to go straight, this British drama takes a more character-driven approach yet doesn't find anything new to say about rehabilitation or recidivism.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Peter SobczynskieFilmCritic.com
    While Villain probably will not be considered a classic by any standards, it does provide 97 minutes of reasonably sold entertainment and at this point, who could ask for anything more?
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