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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Critic Reviews for Bronson
It's not a masterpiece by any stretch; but it's original and pacy, and those qualities are rare enough.
...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.
Bronson doesn't have much to say, but it's a very fun exercise in bad behavior that's neither glamorized nor bemoaned.
This is psychotic behavior as performance art, and Hardy makes it irresistible.
Itâ(TM)s a meditation on the art of rage -- an action painting passing itself off as an action movie.
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).
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.
|Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson:||Now hang on to your feelings. Alright? 'Cause it's going to get fucking hairy.|
|Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson:||You don't want to be trapped inside with me sunshine. Inside, I'm somebody nobody wants to fuck with do you understand? I am Charlie Bronson, I am Britain's most violent prisoner.|
|Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson:||Come on! Come on you FUCKING cunts!|
|Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson:||[singing] Please, release me, oh let me go! 'Cause I don't love you anymore!|