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16 Years of Alcohol (2003)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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Scottish writer and former vocalist for the punk band the Skids, Richard Jobson makes his directorial debut with 16 Years of Alcohol, the stylized psychological drama based on his own semi-autobiographical novel. Through voice-over narration and various flashback methods, troubled young man Frankie Mac (Kevin McKidd) recalls his childhood (played by Iain De Caestaecker as a boy) growing up in working-class Edinburgh. In the '50s, his father (Lewis McCloud) was a hard-drinking good-timer and his


Art House & International, Drama

Richard Jobson

May 24, 2005

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Eventually the movie drowns in words.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a carefully made movie, evocatively filmed and intelligently thought out by the director and his cast.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The freely associative, poetic tone signals this isn't going to be just another grungy British pic about young malcontents and petty crime.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out.

March 18, 2005
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The film has a poetic pulse, its ups and downs accompanied by some smartly chosen pop songs, a seductive original score and McKidd's husky voice-over narration.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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This Scottish memoir of inebriation and sobriety leans heavily on the hurt of booze and rarely on the high.

March 17, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The frequent narration is a nonstop string of clichés, platitudes, and truisms that should have been flung out the cutting-room window.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The voice-over is a touch pretentious and a few scenes play like acting exercises, but the film is filled with a real sense of hopeless poignancy.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Even in its most violent moments, 16 Years Of Alcohol is suffused with visual poetry.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An intense and imaginatively mounted first feature.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

'Hello, my name is Frankie. And I am a violent man.'

May 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

Actually, it's Trainspotting without the predilection for 'junk' and dead babies who crawl on the ceiling.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source:

Moving, lyrical and ultimately devastating.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Richard Jobson's debut is full of abiding images that linger long after the final credits.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for 16 Years of Alcohol

[font=Century Gothic]Portentously narrated, "16 Years of Alcohol" is a thinly plotted movie about Frankie(Kevin McKidd), a young man who is part of a gang of four thugs who spend most of their waking hours roaming the streets and bars. Frankie is a one-dimensional character whose single distinctive quality is his explosive anger but no particular cause is ever given for this.(He grew up in a dysfunctional home but the situation was not abusive.) No political or socio-economic factors are even mentioned. In the end, this movie just seems like an inferior knock-off of "A Clockwork Orange" which it references via a movie poster.[/font]
May 24, 2006
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