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Byzantium

ByzantiumIn Byzantium Neil Jordan shows hints of the director he once was — the one who made Mona Lisa and The Crying Game...ByzantiumDramaPT118MRIn Byzantium Neil Jordan shows hints of the director he once was — the one who made Mona Lisa and The Crying Game...2013-06-28
ANTI-FREEZE Saoirse Ronan co-stars with Gemma Arterton in the aimless Byzantium

ANTI-FREEZE Saoirse Ronan co-stars with Gemma Arterton in the aimless Byzantium (Christopher Raphael)

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Byzantium

Genre: Drama; Starring: Gemma Arterton, Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, Saoirse Ronan; Director: Neil Jordan; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: R

In Byzantium Neil Jordan shows hints of the director he once was — the one who made Mona Lisa and The Crying Game — but not much else in this scattershot thriller about the secret shared by a saintly teen (Saoirse Ronan) and the prostitute (Gemma Arterton) who’s her guardian. The best thing in the movie is Arterton’s sultry, claw-baring turn, but mostly it’s a rudderless riff on Let the Right One In. C-

Originally posted June 28 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT

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