Jason Solomons, Mail on Sunday
Gavin Lambert, The Guardian
and I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD...
The Best British Films of Their Respective Years."
John Patterson, THE GUARDIAN, London
OWEN may be even more unnervingly cool here than he was in Mike Hodges' 2000
Terrence Rafferty, THE NEW YORK TIMES
DRY AND DANGEROUS AS GUNPOWDER."
Xan Brooks, THE GUARDIAN, London
gives the last decade's worth of London gangster cliches a reviving twist."
Jonathan Romney, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, London
PIECE OF MODERN NOIR."
VIEWING. The term 'film noir' hardly begins to do it justice. Overflowing
with resonant ideas."
James Rampton, THE SCOTSMAN
CONSUMMATE WORK OF ART
WORTHY OF ENDLESS CONTEMPLATION"
Gary Indiana, FILM COMMENT (May/June Issue '04)
The night-blue dark of ILL
SLEEP WHEN IM DEAD stays like a shadow I didnt know would rise
above me to haunt. To want more of a dark thing thats real filmmaking.
re-emergence as the master of the dark, uncompromising thriller shows no sign
Christopher Tilly, HOTDOG
Hodges isnt interested
in happy endings.
Hes interested in re-invigorating your
soul and spirit .
John Patterson, 'MIKE H0DGES: BEYOND GET CARTER' BBC4
Anyone familiar with GET CARTER or CROUPIER will recognize the directors painstaking attention to detail and his need to look beyond the surface of things into a subterranean world. Like Raymond Chandler, Hodges prefers atmosphere to plot and psychological realism to genre. Consequently his film is in constant tension with its noirish qualities. SENSITIVE PERFORMANCES ALL ROUND.
Stephen Chibnall, SIGHT AND SOUND
A BRITISH CLASSIC.
A MATURE WORK. Hodges masterful touch conveys how deep run the rivers of regret.
Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter
Mike Hodges and Clive Owen have re-teamed for another
noir that favors mind games over tricks of style.
Some of us would pay money just to watch Owen
sit on a box for two hours and he doesnt disappoint.
Katrina Onstad, THE NATIONAL POST, Canada
A TAUT GANGSTER FILM.
Mike Hodges and Warren Zevon, whose song, ILL SLEEP WHEN IM DEAD, was borrowed for the films title, are artists celebrated for their sympathy with the dark souls dwelling in the underworld of crime and despair.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL, Toronto
BRILLIANT GANGSTER FILM,
ILL SLEEP WHEN IM DEAD is marked by unusual psychological moves and a noble directorial approach.
PARLIAMENT GAZETTA, Moscow
"Hodges' elegant direction
is underscored by the bluish, cold views of London streets and a cracking
ensemble of riff-raffs and lost loves (Malcolm McDowell, Ken Stott, Jonathan
Rhys Meyers, Charlotte Rampling) providing a fine counterpoint to Clive Owen's
understated hard man."
DAZED AND CONFUSED
"CLIVE OWEN gives a powerful portrayal
of a character who has mastered a sense of zen stillness."
Andy Dougan, EVENING TIMES, Scotland
© 2004 Will & Co./LAGOON ENTERTAINMENT LTD
"Compelling Viewing. The term 'film noir'
hardly begins to do it justice.
Overflowing with resonant ideas." - James Rampton, THE SCOTSMAN