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Formula 51 Reviews

January 2, 2003
Excessive, profane, packed with cartoonish violence and comic-strip characters.
October 23, 2002
Director Yu seems far more interested in gross-out humor than in showing us well-thought stunts or a car chase that we haven't seen 10,000 times.
October 22, 2002
Dull-witted caper.
October 21, 2002
This thing is just garbage.
October 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 18, 2002
Stars Samuel L. Jackson in the worst role of his career.
October 18, 2002
Ridiculous, dispiriting and ... coarse.
October 18, 2002
None of this makes a lick of sense, and the appalling unfunny story goes from bad to worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 18, 2002
After all the gunplay, explosions, foul-mouthed witticisms, and bloody carnage that fuel this amusingly forgettable trifle, Formula 51 is fundamentally about Samuel L. Jackson in a kilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2002
It isn't simple bad taste that Formula 51 deals in, but a total vacuum of feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 18, 2002
It's no sin to try too hard. But in Formula 51, the effort shows. And in breezy, bloody, offhand action comedies, that's a cardinal sin.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2002
Formula 51 is so trite that even Yu's high-energy action stylings can't break through the stupor.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 18, 2002
The fun of the movie is the chance it affords to watch Jackson, who also served as executive producer, take his smooth, shrewd, powerful act abroad.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 18, 2002
Formula 51 promises a new kind of high but delivers the same old bad trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 18, 2002
Long before it's over, you'll be thinking of 51 ways to leave this loser.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
October 18, 2002
A fourth-rate Pulp Fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 18, 2002
Formula 51 is bloody and bloody funny, and Jackson and Carlyle make the best salt-and-pepper team since Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte knocked heads in 48 HRS., but ultimately the movie can't find a way out of its own dead end.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2002
Jackson shamefully strolls through this mess with a smug grin, inexplicably wearing a kilt and carrying a bag of golf clubs over one shoulder.
October 18, 2002
A formula flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2002
Arguably the year's silliest and most incoherent movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 17, 2002
What ensues are much blood-splattering, mass drug-induced bowel evacuations, and none-too-funny commentary on the cultural distinctions between Americans and Brits.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2002
Formula isn't about anything but being aggressively cinematic, something Yu is very good at while leaving plot, character and structural soundness to others so inclined.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2002
The problem with the mayhem in Formula 51 is not that it's offensive, but that it's boring.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
October 17, 2002
An execrable mess that leaves no genre cliche unturned or human body or soul untrammeled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2002
The film should have been called Lock, Stock and Two Wilting Barrels.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 17, 2002
A dead-on-arrival attempt at a crime comedy that tries to hide its skeletal script under half-baked action set pieces, lame jokes and potty humor.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
October 17, 2002
Amazingly dopey.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 17, 2002
Formula 51 isn't a rousing success, but its sheer outrageousness is infectious, and, for those willing to get into the experience, it is capable of delivering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2001
Makes for fine mindless entertainment, and it does have the selling point of Samuel L. Jackson in a kilt.
December 3, 2001
Here's a British flick gleefully unconcerned with plausibility, yet just as determined to entertain you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5