Attack the Block Reviews

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Josh Larsen
April 25, 2014

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 | Original Score: 4/4
John Anderson
Top Critic
October 7, 2013

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

Will Leitch
June 22, 2013

Skilled, heartfelt entertainment done well.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
March 2, 2013

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 | Original Score: 9/10
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
January 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Looker
September 27, 2012

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 | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 15, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Croot
April 4, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 30, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tom Clift
December 20, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 4, 2011

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
December 1, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dom Phillips
December 1, 2011

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joshua Blackman
FILMINK (Australia)
December 1, 2011

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

Simon Miraudo
November 29, 2011

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 28, 2011

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

Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
November 28, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clay Cane
November 22, 2011

Deserves the praise it's received.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Foster
November 11, 2011

This wonderfully talented filmmaker will get to the serious stuff later in what is sure to be his long career. Right now, he seems far more interested in crafting a good-time scare, which he achieves superbly.

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