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The Limehouse Golem

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Juan Carlos Medina

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About the Movie

With the Limehouse Golem serial killer on the loose and taunting the police with messages written in blood, Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) must rely on help from a troubled witness (Olivia Cooke) to bring the killer to justice.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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74%
  • Reviews Counted: 72
  • Fresh: 53
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Marrying fact and fiction, Jane Goldman's seamy screenplay is wildly overstuffed; but the director, Juan Carlos Medina, gives the music hall scenes a rowdy authenticity. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Sep 7, 2017

Rotten: As neo-Nazis speak with renewed confidence across the U.S. and new waves of anti-Semitism roil Europe, it's hard to justify using that kind of hatred as a mere plot device. – Brian Marks, Village Voice, Sep 5, 2017

Fresh: ... this nasty little Victorian London horror film has more than a few blood-soaked charms of its own. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Sep 11, 2017

Fresh: A Victorian-era gothic stew that, although perhaps not as ultimately satisfying as it might have been, nevertheless provides for an unsettling two hours. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 8, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Incredible! (NO SPOILERS)

If you like crime, mystery solving, dark, gory, old school victorian/edwardian era stuff, this is for you. I really like how this was filmed, and at times it had a very special, creepy edge to it. I must admit, I did not see the ending coming. I thought this was written really well. I also believe it was worth the price to rent. ENJOY!

Lots of promise but degenerates into mess

Bill Nighy has a certain dignity and cool which is almost always enjoyable to observe and no less so in this film. The sets, costumes and gothic atmosphere are well-executed. The movie starts strong: we're on the trail of a serial killer with a literary flair. It looks like a game of cat and mouse with mystery to savor and courtroom drama as a bonus.

And then the film takes a long detour into a lengthy exploration of the hardscrabble life of a dancehall performer, and by so doing degenerates into a meandering soap opera with often nearly incomprehensible dialogue, and forays into kinky sad-masochism. The actual pursuit of the killer becomes an afterthought. A cameo by Communist Karl Marx (!) signifies nothing except that the screenwriters had time to fill.

The Limehouse Golem would have been engaging as an hour-long TV drama, but as a feature film it's padded and squanders the talents of Nighy and supporting star Eddie Marsan.

A waste of time & money

Predictable.

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