Pond Life (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pond Life (2018)




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It's the summer of 1994 in a world of broken families, cassette tapes, and a down-trodden economy, life is simple but harsh for the local kids of one quiet town. Picked on, ignored, and trying to figure out how to survive, the local teens are looking for anything to change their life. When a rumor stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby ponds, Trevor, 17, decides to lead a rag-tag brigade of friends on a fishing expedition to land the big one! So begins an adventure that starts with fish, but leads to everlasting friendship as they decide to finish the summer with a moment of glory!


Angus Imrie
as Malcolm
Sian Brooke
as Pogo's Mum
Siobhan Finneran
as Mrs. Edlington
Paul Rider
as The Quiz Master
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Critic Reviews for Pond Life

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

[A] sweet and, at times, rather sad slice-of-life drama, set during a stagnant summer in a working-class mining village in South Yorkshire.

April 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The depictions of sunburnt teenagers ambling through estates, obsessing over crushes and minor betrayals, yet haunted by the terrible truths of the adult world, seemed utterly true.

April 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A bit of an uneventful slog.

April 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The default tone of Bill Buckhurst's film is northern English eccentricity, but the nostalgia has an edge.

April 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Adapted from a stage play, this British coming-of-age drama follows in the footsteps of the likes of Ken Loach and Mike Leigh in its depiction of "ordinary" people going about "ordinary" lives.

January 5, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Pond Life is close to being a cute, nostalgic British film but it feels too low key to be charming and touching.

August 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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