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Attack the Block Reviews

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John Anderson
Newsday
October 7, 2013
Attack the Block is essentially an action thriller and as such is effective.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 2, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 26, 2011
Attack the Block attacks the alien invasion genre with wit, energy and a cheeky insolence that makes it out of this world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 26, 2011
An energetic genre ride with social ambitions about race and class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John DeFore
Washington Post
August 19, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 18, 2011
The movie's amateurishly made. But the script is full of little surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 18, 2011
It's exciting, and there is plenty of gore for fans of that sort of thing, but one wishes the mix of horror and comedy leaned a little more to the horror side of the equation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
August 8, 2011
It's a doozy, offering tight and imaginative camerawork, electric thrills, and a sharp, twisty script that plays like a social satire.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 31, 2011
It's wall-to-wall sci-fi pop-culture bric-a-brac, yet it feels organic. There's something more at stake than the fate of a movie-ish Earth.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 31, 2011
Science-fiction buffs seeking a change of pace and fans of British pop culture shouldn't miss it.
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July 29, 2011
Irreverently funny without ever being spoofy...The one-liners are hilarious, and Cornish has a deft touch at weaving social commentary on urban gentrification into the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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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
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2011
It's a mash up of Gremlins, E.T., a stoner comedy and a monster B-movie, delivered with a visual nod to 1970s teen gang films and reflecting the comedy smarts of, well, Joe Cornish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
July 29, 2011
This spunky, low-budget British action-comedy proves once again that a smart script can breath new life into even the most tired of subjects.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 29, 2011
The cast is splendid, the script quick-witted and the action satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 29, 2011
A hilarious, slam-bang series of chases and battles that cross "Gremlins" with "Assault on Precinct 13"...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 28, 2011
This fabulously inventive debut feature, written and directed by the British comedian Joe Cornish, never flags.
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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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 28, 2011
A clever blend of sci-fi and comedy, which pits toothy furball space invaders against young South London thugs.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2011
Pulsing with a rowdy energy, the film works as both a sci-fi horror flick and a teen adventure film.
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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
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2011
This movie wants and needs to come at you like a beast in the dark. Allow it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 28, 2011
Attack The Block has an agreeably scrappy early John Carpenter Dark Star/Assault On Precinct 13 vibe, rich in moral ambiguity and gleeful, smartass genre-mashing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2011
An entertaining thriller in the tradition of 1970s B-action films, with an unknown cast, energetic special effects and great energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
July 27, 2011
There could be a few more scares and laughs, but it's a blast to be drawn into this urban ecosystem that is, to us Yanks, itself a bit alien.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 27, 2011
A low-budget adventure with propulsive energy and plenty of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 27, 2011
An elegant, deliciously wrinkly action film loaded with humor, racial tension and gloopy violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
July 26, 2011
Attack the Block strains somewhat to deliver a climactic moral, but the way it slyly shifts our sympathies to Moses and his crew (at the expense of another species, granted) without overplaying their deprivation puts more serious-minded indies to shame.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
June 28, 2011
An infectiously larky extraterrestrial invasion movie that respects the genre conventions while spicing the brew with distinctive local flavor.
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
June 23, 2011
Writer-director Joe Cornish's charmingly zippy debut wants to be taken seriously while evoking a childlike sense of marvel, or at least early-blockbuster nostalgia. (Is this the inner-city companion to Super 8?)
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 14, 2011
Boldly innovative while still flashily acknowledging those that have come before - this is a movie that should (and deserves to) foster a cult audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Charles Gant
Variety
April 4, 2011
Brit comedian-TV presenter Joe Cornish emerges fully formed as an exciting new writer-helmer with his enormously appealing debut feature.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 14, 2011
Employs a terse set-up and sparse characterisations to rein in any sentimentality and stress the ambiguities of its rich political and allegorical depths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5