• Released
  • June 14, 2002
  • 1 hr 45 min
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Gangster No. 1 Synopsis
A brutal story of a deadly battle of wills between a gangland leader and his apprentice.

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L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
Like almost everything in this clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie, the time and place are accomplished by suggestion.
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Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
There's a touch of second-rate playwriting about it that imparts a flattened feel to the end of an otherwise crackerjack picture.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A canny, derivative, wildly gruesome portrait of a London sociopath who's the scariest of sadists, in part because he's also a very courtly...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This conclusion is too pat to be satisfying, but the film has a kind of hard, cold effect.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's Bettany's portrait of the monster as a young man that rivets attention. So remember the name, or don't. Just watch Bettany strut his...
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Film Threat

By Tim Merrill
Works on so many levels that it must be reckoned with. It certainly feels unique, and sets itself apart from most American gangster films...
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie's key asset is young Bettany as a worthy successor to the "Clockwork Orange" tradition of McDowell. With Bettany, a star is born,...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The movie's captivating details are all in the performances, from Foreman's barking-mad Taylor to Thewlis's smoothly sinister Freddie and...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
We're left with a metallic aftertaste.
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New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
See it only for Paul Bettany's performance.
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