Sugarhouse Reviews

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Top Critic
Derek Elley
Variety
August 28, 2007
Three good actors get hijacked by a talky, pointless script.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 24, 2007
Strains so hard to establish some sort of rough street cred that it ends up feeling artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 24, 2007
The film, in the end, looks very much like an adaptation of one of those preachy plays that tries too hard to tell it like it is among the underclass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
August 24, 2007
Directed by Gary Love, early shots promise much but it never delivers. Essentially a Play For Today, with more crack and a syrupy ending you can see coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 24, 2007
In Gary Love's determinedly gritty Brit-crim movie, three good actors chase around a script that keeps promising more than it delivers.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 24, 2007
What justified filming Dominic Leyton's play Collision is hard to see, but the decisions taken in opening it out are what truly wreck Gary Love's misbegotten attempt to do so.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 24, 2007
Dominic Leyton's script from his play starts as a flicker of fancy words and ends as a verbose fireball consuming all reality.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 24, 2007
Mackintosh's character is a bit sketchy, and his occasional, dramatic interventions were not really believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sun Online
August 24, 2007
The script invokes sympathy for the characters only at the end - and by then the audience will probably have ceased to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 24, 2007
Less a movie and more a sustained panic attack, Sugarhouse is so unrelentingly violent, it's like being beaten with a housebrick for 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 24, 2007
A low-budget Brit-flick that bucks against the usual "urban cinema" conventions while showcasing its talented cast. Although it runs out of steam, its opening energy and verve are impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Hawker
Total Film
August 24, 2007
Feeling like a short that's been stretched out and mugged of its unpredictable tensions, it's a static slice of ghetto hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 24, 2007
Although the writing's exploration of common humanity across the social divide offers occasional worthwhile moral provocation, its evident theatricality also works against any sense of urban authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Aaron Davies
Little White Lies
August 24, 2007
A grimy, rage-filled film. Shame about the middle bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine
August 24, 2007
Despite thin caricatures and dodgy dialogue, this still stands out on the street.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 23, 2007
Watchable, energetically directed thriller that doesn't quite come together, despite decent performances from Mackintosh and Walters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 21, 2007
In the bristling and brutal crime thriller Sugarhouse, Andy Serkis delivers a performance that makes his turn as King Kong look like Johnny Vegas's knitted monkey sidekick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Screen International
September 8, 2007
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