The Limehouse GolemHD Closed Captioning
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
- 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.
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.
Fresh: ... this nasty little Victorian London horror film has more than a few blood-soaked charms of its own.
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.
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