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About the Movie
From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) comes the true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray (Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road). As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea (Emily Browning, Sucker Punch). In and out of prison, Ronnie’s unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 155
- Fresh: 95
- Rotten: 60
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: As a character study, it proves about as deep as Goofus and Gallant in the British underworld, but it's also consistently fun to watch.
Rotten: A tremendous effort by Hardy is let down by unfocused storytelling.
Fresh: Legend's central cinematic ploy, the doubling of Hardy ... gives this mostly predictable retelling a jolt of anarchy in the U.K.
Fresh: The movie's a testament to the Krays' ability to get away with everything - for a while, anyway. But it's better evidence of Tom Hardy's ability to do just about anything.
Tom Hardy’s Dual Performance Accentuates This Less Than Typical Gangster Film
While not as good as “Goodfellas” this film holds a special place in my heart. All of us have seen the brutality of being a gangster in films prior to this one. This is not a film about the Kray brothers misconduct and violence. This film is about relationships behind the crime. Mainly between Frances and Reggie, and Reggie and Ronnie. And to a lesser extant Ronnie and Francis. Overall Tom Hardy gives 2 great performances that fully captivated me from the beginning until the end.
At the end of the film when Reggie stabs that one man to death then Ronnie asks him why he would do that, and Reggie replies ”Because I can’t kill you” shows what this film is about. Two brothers. Reggie may hate Ronnie for most of the film but they are brothers who have been together since birth. I thought this was a compelling part of the film. When Ronnie had ruined almost everything when Reggie returned from prison I really thought that Reggie would kill Ron. But his bond with Ron is the only thing he has ever truly know since the first day they able to breathe on this planet. Also, the death of Frances by overdose is something I did not see coming and it leaves the viewer int the harsh reality of the real world that sometimes not everything will turn out all right.
I give it an 8.3. Story and dialogue could have been better.
Tom Hardy is Amazing
This is one of the best films I've seen portraying The Kray twins .. And I can't even come up with one 50cent word that describes Tom Hardy's performance ...
A must see mobster movie
Tom Hardy was fantastic portraying the Kray twins.