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County Lines Reviews

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May 5, 2021
An honest telling of the harsh world that feeds our addictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 2, 2021
A film that confidently blends unfussy naturalism with an eye for telling details and neat cinematic phrases.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 15, 2020
County Lines shines a necessary light on just how important it is to take care of the next generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2020
Khan is a seriously gifted young actor who can convey defiance and vulnerability at the same time. He makes Tyler compelling and likeable even as he willingly enters this violent world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 7, 2020
An emotionally rich film that exhausts its audience almost as much as its characters, but which is well worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2020
A mournfully ambient and somewhat ethereal score by James Pickering helps elevate this above mere social realism, finding unexpected shards of beauty in even the most dismal circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2020
A deeply impactful look at the manifold dangers our young people face today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2020
County Lines is powerful and delivers a visceral gut punch that will leave you thinking by the end of the film: how did we get here.
December 4, 2020
Part of the tragedy of County Lines is in the way the film feels like a case study of mundane poverty, that this story is being repeated across London and in every major city in the country.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2020
If you were looking for a word to describe writer-director Henry Blake's horribly timely debut you would not pick "fun", yet the filmmaking is so sharp I was hooked from the get-go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2020
Blake's impressive and sobering debut displays an inherent understanding of how a cycle of hurt and missing identity can be corrupted at a young and vulnerable age.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 4, 2020
Director Henry Blake succeeds in his attempt to create a hard-hitting problem piece.
December 3, 2020
This movie should be a launch-pad for more than one career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 3, 2020
County Lines is a film that doesn't run along the usual rails of a gangster thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 30, 2020
A nauseous, bleak, and brilliant debut from youth worker Henry Blake, which creates awareness of these amoral criminal systems
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 20, 2020
Utilising a measured naturalism and drawing fantastic performances from his cast, Blake delivers an excruciatingly raw drama that never flinches away from its, sadly, all-too-real horrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2020
Blake ensures his feature debut County Lines exposes the complexity behind every aspect of what Tyler running drugs across London means for those involved.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
June 27, 2020
Abetted by Paco Sweetman's clean, calm editing, Blake demonstrates impressive control and consistency of tone.
June 8, 2020
County Lines serves to offer an unfeigned portrait of a problem plaguing Britain's towns and cities with troubling regularity. As an urgent outcry, it's potent. As a debut film, it's astounding.
February 27, 2020
The dialogue is more on-the-nose than the direction but the performances are persuasive and, as it lays bare an inhumane issue in unflashy and compassionate style, this is a valiant attempt to bring a stomach-churning subject to the fore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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