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Biography, Crime, Thriller

The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

The critical consensus

It’s two thugs for the price of one actor and while flashes of brilliance emerge from his performance(s), Hardy is let down by disappointingly pedestrian surroundings.

**(*)(*)(*)Benjamin Lee, The Guardian, 03/09/2015

Tom Hardy impresses in a troublingly glossy and reverential Krays biopic.

***(*)(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 07/09/2015

Tom Hardy is brilliant in this weird love story about the Kray twins.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 09/09/2015

Helgeland’s savvy new take on this well-known story proves that crime can pay, while Hardy is astonishing and magnetic in two truly towering performances.

****(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 07/09/2015

The salty dialogue, graphic violence and lush soundtrack add to the film’s surface dazzle but the strong supporting cast don’t always get much to do.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 11/09/2015

Fast-paced and elegantly scripted and directed by Helgeland, Legend is an unexpected thrill.

*****Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 13/09/2015

Might as well be prefixed with the words 'Print the'.

**(*)(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 11/09/2015

Tom Hardy is bang-on as both Ronnie and Reggie in a cartoonish but entertaining account of the Kray twins’ East End reign.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 13/09/2015

Features about Legend

Stuff of Legend: film captures Kray twins' pomp and menace

Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 04/09/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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