Nicole Dove
Chris Nashawaty
March 25, 2015 AT 10:22 PM EDT

The Riot Club

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
107 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/27/15
performer
Sam Claflin, Max Irons
director
Lone Scherfig
genre
Drama, Thriller

We gave it a C

For a movie about a bunch of debauched Oxford swells, The Riot Club is remarkably lacking in wit…and debauchery, for that matter. Director Lone Scherfig, who used a lot more imagination exploring the British class system in 2010’s An Education, doesn’t seem to know whether she’s taking a swipe at upper-crust entitlement or just churning out a lockjawed riff on 2000’s low-rent collegiate thriller The Skulls. Sam Claflin and Max Irons play two underclassmen tapped to join a secret dining club of twits known for their hedonism and for being totally “hardcore.” Too bad their idea of hardcore is mostly just pouring wine over their heads and cranking Duran Duran’s “The Wild Boys.” They wouldn’t last a day at Arizona State. C

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