Attack the Block Reviews

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Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
A creatively unconventional invasion movie let down by its utterly unlikeable heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 13, 2011
I kept hoping Michael Caine's Harry Brown would appear ready to teach them a lesson or two the hard way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
May 7, 2011
Utter blocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 26, 2011
The inky, somewhat shapeless beings aren't any scarier than your typical Muppet. Which is kind of a problem when you're offering an R-rated thriller.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 1, 2011
A slick horror comedy, Block contains a few fatal flaws that weaken its sense of cheery violent fun. It's difficult to root for a bunch of alien-busting kids when they all deserve prolonged spankings.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2011
It's surprising this thing ever got released.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 29, 2011
Unfortunately, "Attack the Block" makes two crucial mistakes: It doesn't have great monsters. And it doesn't have great heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 13, 2011
This isn't just a bad film, it's a film that's plain wrong. Shame on everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
September 7, 2011
Attack the Block wants us to believe that its heroes aren't all that bad . . . once you've given them your wallet.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
May 12, 2011
Attack the Block's attempts to straddle horror and comedy are doomed: it's neither scary nor funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2011
Joe Cornish directed his own script, which suffers from thin characterization, weak dialogue, and a confused ending.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 29, 2011
Reprises scores of films, but despite an unusual combination of story with setting and characters, adds nothing in the re-doing and sports hokey creature effects.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
July 28, 2011
Too goofy to be frightening and too lame to be funny or amusing, the picture ultimately turns into an interminable waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 28, 2011
In the vein of "Shaun of the Dead" but a lot less fun...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 18, 2011
Has energy and some laughs, but in the end suffers from a familiar threadbare quality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Will Leitch
Deadspin
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
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
November 23, 2014
Attack the Block lingers with you. Cornish is a formidable filmmaker and Boyega is an outstanding talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
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
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