London Fields (2018)



Critic Consensus: London Fields bungles its beloved source material and an intriguingly eclectic cast, leaving audiences with a would-be neo-noir of interest only to the morbidly curious.

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Recently arrived in London in the hope of writing one last book before succumbing to a fatal illness, American author Samson Young (Billy Bob Thornton) falls in with a cast of characters who just might give him the story he is looking for. First, there is Keith Talent (Jim Sturgess) a small- time crook and dart player always on the lookout for his next scam. Then there's Guy Clinch (Theo James), an upper class banker who hangs out at Ned's favorite pub, searching for distraction from his boring life, his spoiled wife, and their monstrous toddler. And, just like a scene from a movie, into their lives walks Nicola Six (Amber Heard), a spectacularly beautiful woman-of-mystery who instantly ensnares all three men with her charms. Of course, Ned and Keith want to possess her, but Sam sees something else-in Nicola he sees the heroine of the book he so desperately wants to write. Following her, studying her, and watching her become a different woman depending upon which man she is seducing, Sam starts weaving a tale, based on Nicola, or Nicola as he imagines her to be. He also discovers that the reason she lives like there's no tomorrow, is that she's fed up with her life and has secretly been plotting her own murder. Now that Sam knows the climax of his story, the only question is who will the murderer be? Is it Keith, the criminal, Guy, the millionaire, or is it Sam himself-a dying man practicing a dying art, who will do anything to end his book-and his life-with a big bang?

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Amber Heard
as Nicola Six
Theo James
as Guy Clinch
Jim Sturgess
as Keith Talent
Billy Bob Thornton
as Samson Young
Cara Delevingne
as Kath Talent
Jason Isaacs
as Mark Asprey
Johnny Depp
as Chick Purchase
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6)

Nothing works - certainly not forcing Amber Heard to become a vamping pin-up, ogled by the camera like it was a horny college freshman.

October 31, 2018 | Rating: .5/5 | Full Review…

A boring and garish mess that even fans of the book will find nearly impossible to follow.

October 26, 2018 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

Quite simply, horrendous - a trashy, tortured misfire from beginning to end.

October 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The aggressively awful "London Fields" is, once again, proof that not every successful novel should become a movie.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

So comprehensively does the film fail to represent the labyrinthian literary wonders of Amis' book that it scarcely seems worthwhile to detail its universal shortcomings.

September 14, 2016 | Full Review…

This spiraling story of sex, murder, darts, premillennial dread and authorial anxiety becomes a veritable hash of garish, disassociated tableaux.

September 14, 2016 | Full Review…

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