The Legend of Barney Thomson

The Legend of Barney Thomson

The Legend of Barney Thomson

Black comedy about Barney (Robert Carlyle, who also directs) - a downtrodden barber who, after an accidental killing, turns to his fierce mother for help. Co-stars Ray Winstone and Emma Thompson.

"Based on a novel by Douglas Lindsay – the first of seven books about Barney Thomson... Emma Thompson is a revelation as the mother, complete with Glaswegian accent and a serious amount of make-up to help transform her into a truly memorable character. The strong cast also includes Ray Winstone (as a fish-out-of-water London copper exasperated by his Scottish police colleagues), Martin Compston (as one of Bobby’s hairdresser rivals) and veteran actor Tom Courtenay (as the police chief baffled by a serial killer who is mailing body parts from a series of different Scottish tourist spots)." (Edinburgh Film Festival)

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language96 minsUK, Canada
ComedyCrime
90%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Emma Thompson is the true legend in Robert Carlyle's amusing but uneven directorial debut.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Deliciously macabre.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Carlyle keeps on top of the story’s increasingly deranged twists and turns, even if the Tarantino-esque mix of gore and comedy clashes oddly with more studied moments of localism.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Barber-noir wields a less-than-razor-sharp comic edge.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Merrily gruesome black comedy.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Emma Thompson is the true legend in Robert Carlyle's amusing but uneven directorial debut.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Deliciously macabre.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Carlyle keeps on top of the story’s increasingly deranged twists and turns, even if the Tarantino-esque mix of gore and comedy clashes oddly with more studied moments of localism.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Barber-noir wields a less-than-razor-sharp comic edge.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Merrily gruesome black comedy.

4.0
0

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