4 stars out of 5 -- "Bronson's closest cousin is Malcolm McDowell's Alex in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Like Kubrick's anti-hero, Bronson inspires equal reactions of fascination and revulsion."Total Film "Hardy gives an utterly convincing performance, and as a piece of filmmaking, BRONSON is undeniably well shot and well edited."Hollywood Reporter "Refn's visual strategy reinforces both physical claustrophobia and mental closure....Not since A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has the aura of brutality been accompanied by such shrewd musical selections..."Film Comment 3 stars out of 5 -- "BRONSON is a stridently static film with an amazingly fluid performance at its center."Box Office "A fearless, indelible lead performance by Tom Hardy propels the wildly riveting BRONSON, the harsh true story of perhaps Britain's most notorious prisoner..."Los Angeles Times "For his movie BRONSON, director Nicolas Winding Refn turns Petersen's life story into a pensive, Kubrickian study of anti-social behavior." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club "[T]old with a CLOCKWORK ORANGE-in-the-cuckoo's-nest jauntiness."Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "Tom Hardy is pure dynamite in the role....This movie and Hardy's electrifying performance will knock you for a loop."Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "It is 92 minutes of rage....Hardy brings a raw physicality to the role..."Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's impossible not to be impressed by Hardy's charismatic take on a man we could spend a lifetime with and never fully understand."Premiere
"WARRIOR makes for a sturdy, visceral entertainment....It grabs you in early scenes, intense though low-key before all hell breaks loose, then keeps you riveted..."Hollywood Reporter 4 stars out of 5 -- "WARRIOR makes some unexpected choices that allow the film to punch above its weight."Box Office "WARRIOR is a relentless, emotionally engaging family drama and underdog saga with touches of ROCKY mixed with THE FIGHTER."USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "This is a rare fight movie in which we don't want to see either fighter lose. That brings such complexity to the final showdown that hardly anything could top it -- but something does, and WARRIOR earns it."Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "It's Cain and Abel battling it out in the face of a decidedly ungodly father before humanity goes down for the count. Strong stuff."Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "Hardy's talent for tempering fierce masculinity with deep, soul-aching complexity is given a full airing in this tale..."Total Film "The gifted director Gavin O'Connor brings the film an affecting, ripped-from-the-guts spirit." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "O'Connor orchestrates a surprisingly rousing, full-bore melodrama..."Sight and Sound
"This is McG's slickest film yet with slight echoes of the kind of male bonding he explored more seriously in the drama of WE ARE MARSHALL in 2006."Los Angeles Times "Witherspoon plays her with sunny charm. And with a new feeling of relaxed confidence radiating off her every smile..." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 5 -- "A dating fantasy for girls and an action bromance for guys....WAR's simple set-up is engaging..."Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "[It's] the easy comedic chemistry between the leads that sells it. Pine and Hardy both seem to be having so much fun in their loose, improv-inflected scenes that it's impossible not to have some yourself."Total Film
No Depression (7-8/01, pp.111-2) - "...Demonstrates their knack for injecting an urbane and mildly risquT brand of humor not only into their stage patter, but into the songs themselves..."
Spin (6/96, p.117) - "...an eerie blend of Appalchian balladry, fiddle breakdowns, ragtime beats, and revival moans. When roots is what you crave, dig deep."Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.124) - "...almost 70 tracks of songs and music from the era when the emerging blues had not yet obliterated the rags, reels and ballads that preceded it... moving and illuminating music....The sound engineering is terrific..."New York Times (Publisher) (4/14/96, Sec.2, p.30) - "...BEFORE THE BLUES offers a tour of folk ballads, ragtime melodies, church hymns and breakdown dances that is as listenable as it is enlightening..."
NAPRA Review (05-06/02, pp.74-75) - "...With a strong emphasis on the song, not the singer, their cooperative spirit illuminates an important, and perhaps overlooked part of folk music evolution..."
Rolling Stone (5/15/03, p.137) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC, which mixes rare commercial releases with Alan Lomax field recordings, tells a deeper tale of the breadth and intricacies of mountain song and the colorful virtuosos who put it on record..."Dirty Linen (8/03, pp.57-8) - "...In all, the box is a remarkable achievement....[With] outstanding songs and tunes..."