Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Done In 60 Seconds Competition 2015
Guide To Marvel's Infinity War
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Jude Law
Richard E. Grant
Emilia Clarke
Demian Bichir.
Directors
Richard Shepard.
Screenwriters
Richard Shepard.
Running Time
93 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Concerning Violence
4 Star Empire Rating
Stations Of The Cross
3 Star Empire Rating
Horrible Bosses 2
3 Star Empire Rating
My Old Lady
2 Star Empire Rating
Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Leviathan
5 Star Empire Rating
Le Jour Se Lève
5 Star Empire Rating
Tony Benn: Will And Testament
5 Star Empire Rating
Nightcrawler
5 Star Empire Rating
Babadook, The
5 Star Empire Rating

Dom Hemingway
Unsexy Beast


submit to reddit


Plot
Foul-mouthed safe breaker Dom Hemingway (Law) is fresh out of prison after taking the rap, and a long stretch inside, for crime boss Mr Fontaine (Bechir). He's owed big and he's heading to France to collect, with pal Dickie (Grant) in tow.


Review
Dom Hemingway

With his mutton-chopped jaw-jut and unflattering midriff beef-up, Jude Law here veers even further from his pretty-boy norm than he did for Road To Perdition. And that is the single virtue of Dom Hemingway. Frustratingly, given the vivacity of Law’s performance, the material is flimsy, derivative and, often, odious. For Dom is just another hateful geezer-thug who supposedly becomes entertaining by virtue of his florid verbosity (sample: “I’m steady as a trapeze artist’s cunt”), while the nasty little world he inhabits receives some surreal/pop-art trimmings. Yes, like Sexy Beast. And Bronson. Which you may as well re-watch instead.


Verdict
Bitty and frustrating, its bigger laughs are set against some off-balance storytelling and crude comedy. Not one to take your nan to.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Dom Hemingway
Empire Star Rating

Quite earnest.

Jude Law gives a magnificent performance as the eponymous safe-cracker, steering the role carefully between likeable rogue and self-obsessed scumbag, making sure he lands squarely on neither. The comedic moments he shares with Richard E Grant's Dickie are among the film's finest and most confident. But everything after the segment with Demian Bichir feels like it's freewheeling; earnestly played, but ultimately aimless (much like Hemingway's character, to be fair). Dom Hemingway is full of... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 19:52, 17 November 2013 | Report This Post


SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Robert De Niro
The heavyweight champion of character immersion, explosive rage and jawdropping subtleties

Empire Meets Thelma Schoonmaker
On editing Scorsese, GoodFellas and a life in film

5 Possible Captain America: Civil War Roles For Daniel Brühl
Failing a Red Skull return, here are some Marvel villains the actor could play...

Kit Harington On How To Train Your Dragon 2
As the sequel hits home entertainment, we talk to the Game Of Thrones star

Who's Who In Duncan Jones' Warcraft
The characters, the conflict and (possibly) the whole damned plot

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)