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Attack the Block (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 156
Fresh: 140
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: Effortlessly mixing scares, laughs, and social commentary, Attack the Block is a thrilling, brisky-paced sci-fi yarn with a distinctly British flavor.

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Effortlessly mixing scares, laughs, and social commentary, Attack the Block is a thrilling, brisky-paced sci-fi yarn with a distinctly British flavor.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 31,391

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Movie Info

From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Attack the Block follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an extraterrestrial warzone. -- (C) Sony Pictures

Rating:
R (for creature violence, drug content and pervasive language)
Genre:
Art House & International , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Joe Cornish
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 25, 2011
Box Office:
$1.0M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Attack the Block

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (140) | Rotten (16) | DVD (9)

Attack the Block is essentially an action thriller and as such is effective.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Newsday
Top Critic

Here is a shaggy monster movie that pulls double-duty as a satire of class and ethnic barriers, and how those barriers quickly disappear when we are forced to fight for our simple survival.

Full Review… | September 2, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Attack the Block attacks the alien invasion genre with wit, energy and a cheeky insolence that makes it out of this world.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

An energetic genre ride with social ambitions about race and class.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

"Attack the Block" demands to be seen simply because it is a thrill - a pulse-raiser whose perfect construction and pointed wit make it one of the year's most exciting films.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie's amateurishly made. But the script is full of little surprises.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Poses a tongue in cheek question - "What's scarier, hostile extra-terrestrials or black youth?" - and then riffs on the sad reality that many people would say the latter.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
LarsenOnFilm

Attack the Block isn't a great movie, but it's fueled by a sense of energy that still makes it somewhat irresistible regardless of its (sometimes far too obvious) flaws.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Skilled, heartfelt entertainment done well.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Deadspin

A creatively unconventional invasion movie let down by its utterly unlikeable heroes.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

Attack The Block balances scares with laughs incredibly well and features solid performances from everyone in the cast. Gruesome aliens and a great setting that features outstanding action scenes all make for a very fun ride.

Full Review… | March 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

There are some parts of London that maybe aliens shouldn't be too eager to invade.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

While all signs point to 'culty' for this film, it actually has all the mainstream appeal of a brilliant comedy and a terrifying supernatural horror.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

An adrenaline thrill ride cult action film that gets over as an unlikely sci-fi film.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fish Tank meets Skyline in this hilarious and arresting British sci-fi comedy.

Full Review… | April 4, 2012
Flicks.co.nz

A solidly executed example of the genres and conventions it intelligently satirizes.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
TheMovieReport.com

There's a lot more going on than meets the eye in this slick, exciting, UK monster movie.

Full Review… | January 29, 2012
IGN DVD

One of the year's smartest and most giddily enjoyable films.

Full Review… | December 20, 2011
Moviedex

Fighting aliens with these diverse, street-smart, slang-slinging little criminals is all the more fun for fighting them in the Block: a fantastic funhouse of a battlefield, providing plenty of room for extremely witty and well-shot action sequences.

Full Review… | December 4, 2011
ABC Radio (Australia)

When the going gets tough. Attack the Block hangs as tough as any modern thriller should.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Herald Sun (Australia)

Writer/director Joe Cornish has young wannabe gangstas battling aliens in a hilarious, action-packed combination of monster movie and underclass teenage story. Trust!

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
MovieFIX

This pitch perfect blend of sci-fi action, comedy and social commentary winds up a gleeful delight.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

Cornish and his effects team work magic with the creature designs. I won't spoil their look here as their eventual reveal provides quite a payoff, but it's an ingenious, scary, and memorable movie monster they've created.

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
Quickflix

The story unfolds visually for the most part, and the body language is enough to keep us informed. It just doesn't quite meet expectations for a movie that has an interesting premise

Full Review… | November 28, 2011
Urban Cinefile

Attack the Block is a fast-paced and inventive action/science-fiction film with an unconventional set of heroes.

Full Review… | November 28, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Attack the Block

½

This deserves a place in the pantheon of outstanding directorial debuts.

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Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

½

A Goonies, Gremilins and Kill Bill Mix that is just great.

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Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

Well I watched it. All of it. It definitely was interesting. Within the first minute I had to put on the subtitles, because I had NO idea what language they were speaking. Apparently, South London has their own style of English...gibberish. The movie itself was kind of fun, in a way. I guess. It definitely was different. Made me laugh a few times..that's always good.

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itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

My first impressions for this British made sci-fi were not good, not good at all. We are introduced to a small gang of South London youths in your typical modern day gang get up...hoodies, baseball caps, tracksuits, gold chains around their necks, riding bikes and the obligatory Staffy pet dog. This foul mouthed bunch of yobs go about robbing a female passer by at knife point clearly relishing every moment of it. Its at this point I immediately hated what I saw.

Maybe its because I live in South London, I know London very well and have experienced gangs like this in reality. Maybe its the fact that South London is exactly like this with massive problems of gang culture, knife attacks, muggings and (some) youths generally acting as portrayed in this film. The gang consists of teens, mainly black with one white boy (who typically thinks/pretends he's black). Unless you know South London you will probably need a translator to understand what they are saying in this dreadful gangland/street culture way of speech that has evolved in London. The dialog is chock full of 'bruv' 'cous' 'blood' 'innit' 'for real' 'ghosting' 'ducking' 'breezing' 'fam' etc...they sound like morons and I hear it often in everyday life.

Yeah I know I sound like an old fart but this is what we have to put up with in South London, this film is very accurate, so much so its annoying. So basically I found myself hating the main characters in this film right from the word go, this gang are the 'heroes' as it were and we're suppose to root for them? yeah right. Twas only when the invaders popped up I got into this, well once this gang started to get some extraterrestrial 'retribution'.

The actual sci-fi element of the film is pretty good I must admit. The whole thing runs along the same kind of lines as 'Aliens' (and tonnes of others) with the standard escape plot and the standard 'characters getting killed off one by one' idea. Nothing original but it is very effective setting it within the confines of a tower block.

It doesn't seem totally thought out though as why would these aliens only stick to this one block? there is a reason of course but surely they would spread out and explore. Also you'd think with all the noise, violence, bodies and general racket going off people might notice and call the police, surely there would be 999 calls going off every minute. Also no one ever thinks that maybe the discovery of alien life might be kinda important, if you wanna make money then maybe tell someone instead of smoking weed.

I must also give huge kudos to the design for the aliens as they look truly terrific. At first you're thinking they are gonna look rubbery and cheap (especially after the first encounter), but with a combination of CGI and men in suits the look is really quite eerie and original at the same time, amazingly!. Think big pitch black coloured gorillas with a set of bioluminescent jaws (teeth) that glow blue, sounds odd I know but they are highly effective and really lift the film. You wouldn't think this was a cheapish simple Brit flick horror, if it wasn't for the aliens this wouldn't be half as good.

So yes I enjoyed the alien aspect of the film and it doesn't hold back on blood n gore which is good. The main problem for me was the gang of scrotes that are fighting the aliens and meant to be bad guys turned good in a coming of age kind of way. This is in no way a feel good 'Goonies/Stand By Me' type group, far from it. Bottom line is they are all thoroughly unlikeable and I REALLY wanted all of them to get eaten by the creatures so badly. To be honest I'm sure there would be many South Londoners that would agree, if only there were some real monsters cleaning up the streets by eating all the hooligans.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Attack the Block Quotes


Biggz:
It was like some Gears of War thing!
– Submitted by Wayne S (12 months ago)
Pest:
That ain't a dog..
– Submitted by Laisrian Patrick F (21 months ago)
Moses:
Yo, Reginald, Gavin. Go home,? Lock your door, do your homework, watch Naruto.
– Submitted by Fisch K (2 years ago)
Hi-Hatz:
Get that snitch. Get that strap. Dont give a fuck. Brap Brap Brap!
– Submitted by Fisch K (2 years ago)
Pest:
One a' them big gorilla-wolf motha fuckas.
– Submitted by Fisch K (2 years ago)
Biggz:
Hurry up guys, we gotta catch 'em all!
Pest:
Calm down Biggz, this ain't Pokemon!
– Submitted by Fisch K (2 years ago)

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