Bronson (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes


Bronson (2009)



Critic Consensus: Undeniably gripping, Bronson forces the viewer to make some hard decisions about where the line between art and exploitation lies.

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In 1974, a misguided 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. With an intelligent, provocative and stylized approach, "Bronson" (based on a true story) follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson into Britain's most dangerous prisoner, Charles Bronson.

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Tom Hardy
as Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson
Hugh Ross
as Uncle Jack
Matt King
as Paul Daniels (Boxing Promoter)
James Lance
as Art Teacher
Amanda Burton
as Michael Peterson's Mother
Hugh R. Ross
as Uncle Jack
Jonny Phillips
as Prison Governor
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Critic Reviews for Bronson

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (32)

It's not a masterpiece by any stretch; but it's original and pacy, and those qualities are rare enough.

November 14, 2017 | Full Review…

...the film can barely contain Tom Hardy's performance. It's a Method turn so bloodily immersive it's hard to imagine the actor getting his head straight afterwards.

September 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Bronson doesn't have much to say, but it's a very fun exercise in bad behavior that's neither glamorized nor bemoaned.

February 26, 2010 | Full Review…

This is psychotic behavior as performance art, and Hardy makes it irresistible.

January 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Itâ(TM)s a meditation on the art of rage -- an action painting passing itself off as an action movie.

November 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A figure this luridly fascinating, a personality this ludicrously outsized, warrants something more than your typical biopic.

November 13, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bronson


A very arty look (a nod to All That Jazz is not inappropriate) at a knucklehead sociopath who was Britain's most violent prisoner. Hardy is good at it, but the gist is rather horrorshow on the ultraviolence side (nod to Kubrick's masterpiece also appropriate).

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Kevin M. Williams

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An ultra-stylish, visceral, electrifying and explosive thrill-ride that's an acid trip into one man's own personal chaos and brutal nature. A bold, beautifully crafted, provocative and intensely entertaining movie. It's an awesome slam of brutal violence, masculine ego and great music. A spectacular and amazing film that shines with mind-blowing velocity. It's explosively hilarious, pulse-pounding and utterly furious. A stunning work of art with great style and compelling storytelling. It's frequently funny and action-packed. A bare-knuckle and very brutal knockout. A dazzling tour de force from Tom Hardy, he gives a incredible and unforgettable movie star performance that shines of Oscar pedigree. Hardy is just flat-out brilliant who manages to be chilling, exhilarating and mind-blowing all at once, probably crafting one of the best screen performances I have ever seen. Director, Nicolas Winding Refn crafts a bold, bloody, enthusiastic and top-notch masterpiece. Movies like this should not be missed. A real instant classic.

Al S
Al S

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