The Big Ugly

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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    I was more intrigued by the supporting players, a colorful array of wrong-side-of-the-law types
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    Frank ScheckHollywood Reporter
    Boozing, brawling and tedium.
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    Philip De SemlyenTime Out
    The preponderance of middle-aged men doesn't help: world-weary, seasoned villains they may be, but you wouldn't bank on any of them breaking into a sprint without pulling something.
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    Leslie FelperinGuardian
    Booze-soaked nonsense that romanticises practically medieval notions of honour.
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    Jennie KermodeEye for Film
    The characters are prisoners of fate but the film is more poignant because they know this isn't how things have to be.
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    Stephen SilverSplice Today
    The Big Ugly doesn't "move," it just sits there on the screen
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    The Big Ugly isn't an unwatchable film. It's just a very forgettable and derivative film that tries to be very lofty and serious-minded, as if it's pretending that it's not a substandard B-movie.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Some noir-style visual flourishes can't rescue the formulaic screenplay, which downplays the violent confrontations yet never musters sufficient tension or finds enough sympathy in its collection of schemers and scoundrels.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    All of this is delivered with the utmost solemnity. The film desperately needs a sense of humor. If only The Big Ugly lived up to the gonzo promise of its Tarantinoesque title.
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    Andrew StoverFilm Threat
    Wiper has helmed a bracingly attractive thriller with ugly consequences. It's everything you want in a revenge-action flick, but with appealingly hammy weight.
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