The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen

Crooks are trying to steal a marijuana tycoon's (Matthew McConaughey) business out from under him in this action comedy from Guy Ritchie.

When American expat and businessman Mickey Pearson (McConaughey) decides to cash out of his vast marijuana empire, a slew of shady characters come out of the woodwork, looking to part him with his holdings in sinister ways.

2020Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language, drug use & sexual material113 minsUSA
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The Gentlemen / Reviews

New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

Ritchie’s screenplay laughs in the face of the “show, don’t tell” maxim and when a character asks, “Why are you wasting our time?”, you wonder the same thing.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

While Ritchie’s gangsters are as impatient as ever, preferring to settle an argument with a gun rather than a conversation, he steers clear of sadism. It’s his wit which energises the film and shapes the characters – with a lot of help from his actors. A couple of them have talked happily of his habit of encouraging them to improvise, along with his nimbleness in being able to re-write a scene in the space of a day. That’s the kind of zest which permeates the whole film.

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Stuff

Stuff

Mid-career, Ritchie is right back where he started. If you think that's a good thing, then have at it.

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Independent

Independent

What's missing is any of the genuine grittiness that made Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels worth paying attention to in the first place. The Gentlemen feels long past its sell-by-date.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

It certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who missed the old Guy Ritchie and his verbose, iconic gangsters, The Gentlemen will go down better than a pint and a pickled egg.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

While recycling the familiar, leaning on stylised violence and unleashing a flurry of self-satisfied dialogue have long been the writer/director's specialty, this isn't a return to form.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

What it lacks in freshness and depth, The Gentlemen certainly makes up for in cartoon-y bluster and fun details. Welcome home, Mr. Ritchie.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Ritchie's homecoming is a fairly familiar affair, but also refreshingly funny and deftly plotted, with more witty lines and less boorish machismo than his early work.

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Variety

Variety

A knockabout all-star return to the underworld that feigns to remind us who its director really is, but feels, in most respects, like a hedging of bets.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

The Gentlemen is a mid-life-crisis movie, and I don't mean that as a criticism: it's keen to give its beloved old guard the last laugh in a fast-changing world.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Ritchie has made an entertaining return to his mockney roots.

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