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Son of a Gun (15)

Action, Crime, Drama

JR busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia's most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch's gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.

The critical consensus

Never sure if it wants to be a hard-edged character drama or pacy action-thriller, Son Of A Gun has plenty to admire between the tonal wobbles.

***(*)(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 26/01/2015

There are some exciting set pieces and McGregor is unusually but effectively cast as a hardboiled lifer.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 25/01/2015

Son Of A Gun has the gritty, rough feel of 1970s heist/hit picture.

***(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 26/01/2015

As dull as it is unashamedly derivative, it is a complete misfire.

**(*)(*)(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 26/01/2015

It’s possible to watch it without your head falling into your hands...but give it a few minutes and that’s where it’ll end up.

Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies, 27/01/2015

Almost wilfully lacking in originality, but that doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining in a pulpy, hypnotically noisy way, like one of tacky but oddly compelling 70s or 80s genre pics you can’t quite switch off while channel-surfing.

***(*)(*)Leslie Felperin, The Guardian, 29/01/2015

Julius Avery's clichéd thriller rapidly slides into absurdity.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 30/01/2015

Efficiently done but never entirely convincing.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 30/01/2015

The action is decently staged and, save for the odd naff line, McGregor acquits himself well enough.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 31/01/2015

The tension comes and goes and crime thriller cliches are dutifully observed (call it a B+ movie), but writer-director Julius Avery displays a muscular touch behind the camera.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 01/02/2015

Unlikely discussions about the differences between chimps and bonobos provide sub-Tarantino laughs, and the heist is handled with stripped-down B-movie efficiency.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 01/02/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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