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December 5, 2008
As a portrait of stasis brought on by poverty and a study of youthful abandon gone sour in the face of zero opportunities, this is sensitive stuff, even if there's little that's surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
December 5, 2008
Strong performances across the board elevate a small-scale tale that's easy to admire but hard to get excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
Glenaan's spare film, set on a council estate in Bolsover, shows how dreams are cruelly extinguished, yet little bits of surreal magic illuminate this tough film with glimmers of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
There are a few literal-minded scene-by-scene explanations too many; how undiagnosed dyslexia made a bad kid out of Shaun. It's a shame as they put the emotional heart of film at arm's-length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
A quiet film to inspire quiet admiration, Kenny Glenaan's wistful character piece has a lovely asset in Robert Carlyle - often a careless chooser of parts, but a gentle, sensitive actor in his element here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
Carlyle's central turn is one of the year's most poignant and tear-jerking acting displays, easily erasing the misstep of Eragon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
Sharply written with an award-winning performance from Robert Carlyle, this is an engaging drama that packs a powerful emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2008
Carlyle is exemplary. As the grown-up dyslexic tending a dying boyhood friend (Evets) he mints extra "dialogue" - the kind not written down - with each facial response.
December 5, 2008
Some decent performances but not enough that's distinctive to earn a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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