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Better Things Reviews

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March 20, 2019
The Dardennes brothers meet Mike Leigh in Brit writer/director Duane Hopkins excellent feature debut about drugs and doomed lives in the Cotswolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 26, 2018
The film is an example of British realism with virtues. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 20, 2018
Duane Hopkins revealed a singularity and a talent that he later confirmed. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 9, 2018
It's quiet power and clear depiction of unhappiness makes Better Things a thoughtful film, although decidedly not a mainstream entertainment, that deserves close regard.
July 6, 2018
An inventive, unclichéd example of British realism which shines a light into rarely explored social territory and the unexamined lives of its characters.
September 26, 2017
Although the film is flawed... it offers a powerful evocation of the desperate, tongue-tied helplessness that sets its various characters in motion, and which, in the film's riveting moments, echoes uneasily in the mind.
June 29, 2009
Hopkins marks himself out as a man of unique vision who isn't afraid to try something different to encourage an audience to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 28, 2009
This approach is well handled, giving the film a constant chilly allure, but there are some trite scenes in the stories that unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2009
It's a miserable film, really, but it might just get you thinking - and make you grateful for what you've got.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2009
The ironies are always cruel and never comic in British writer-director Duane Hopkins's striking debut, an austere, though empathetic, insightful and technically crisp slice of social realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
January 23, 2009
Bleak yet powerful, hushed yet haunting, this is an extraordinary portrait of lives dissolving away into nothing in the chilly English countryside.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 23, 2009
This is a dark and painful film, but one with a fervent belief in the possibility of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2009
The film has a powerful, impressionistic style. Scenes are shot in suffocating, distorting close-up or at an equally stifling distance, revealing the sublime, indifferent landscape.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2009
The stately silences, brooding landscapes and pallor of nihilism will alienate many hoping for Skins-in-Stow-on-the-Wold - but it's definitely the work of an original talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2009
Gritty yet incongruously gorgeous - and glacier-paced - this ambitious first feature from Midlands miserablist Duane Hopkins proves that crikey, the British can do Bruno Dumont-style poetic realism after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2009
Hopkins has a singularity of style worth watching and the courage not to flinch in putting it on screen.
January 23, 2009
Bleak, depressing but stunningly directed, Better Things is an unforgettable film that marks Duane Hopkins as a British talent to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2009
British filmmaker Hopkins throws out the rules and breaks ground with a significant new cinematic storytelling language
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2009
The young director fails to inject us under the skin of his plotless drama of overdoses and funerals, but he clearly has talent to burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 23, 2009
Duane Hopkins has a patient eye, and catches moments of austere beauty as it scans the bleak surroundings, but his mostly young cast is left hanging by chilly direction and an inadequate script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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