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7.3
/10
1,799 Ratings

Sexy Beast

Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Spain, United Kingdom, 2000
Crime, Comedy, Action

Synopsis

Gal Dove, a retired safe-cracker, is living the good life on the southern Spanish Coast. One day his past appears in the form of former associate Don Logan, whose reputation as the most psychopathic gangster in the London underworld is a sign of very bad things to come.

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Sexy Beast Directed by Jonathan Glazer

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2002 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Viennale

2011

Gal is part of a sincere love story that shapes the gangster sequences with touches so understated that they feel like momentary hallucinations… This all-consuming love is made explicit in one phone call, which is the romantic pinnacle of this film. Our culture usually talks about love in ecstatic, abstract metaphors. It’s easier to blow this exulted emotion up than to pin it down but, casually, amid all the dangerous hustle and bustle, Sexy Beast absolutely nails it.
February 12, 2016
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Sexy Beast is a film made by an artist certain he would never have an opportunity to make another: Nothing else could account for the volume and intensity of its ideas, with which it seems fit to burst. There isn’t a frame in the film that isn’t meticulously composed and ornamented, as if Glazer were determined to ensure that nothing went to waste — an approach that might have seemed tiresome in less capable hands but makes for rich, lively cinema here.
August 01, 2013
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Many commentators have suggested that the film’s great weakness lies in the searing intensity of Kingsley’s performance and the gaping abyss his character’s death leaves in the film. Rather, I would suggest that this narrative choice, and the kind of numbing of intensity it enables, is in fact the film’s great virtue, the element which most clearly marks the film’s revisionist attitude to the genre from which it harks.
September 01, 2011
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