Awaydays Reviews

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Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
March 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Awaydays comes close to being lumped in with every other British indie but the excellent production quality pull it through and director Pat Holden is left with another promising, if flawed, adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine
May 22, 2009
Call us old-fashioned, but we wouldn't have minded some characters to relate to, root for and care about.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
May 22, 2009
Take all the late-70s miserablism you can stomach, mix with the usual blend of bleakness and punching, then serve lukewarm on a limp bed of can't-be-bothered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karl French
Financial Times
May 22, 2009
Script, editing and some poorly staged fight sequences render this inchoate and almost unforgivably uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
May 22, 2009
Awaydays is a ham-fisted coming-of-age drama that fails to say anything interesting about male relationships, violence, the 1970s or the peculiar northern soul of Liverpool.
Edward Porter
Times [UK]
May 28, 2009
Bell's wholehearted performance and the film's convincingly scuzzy atmosphere don't make up for the big hole in the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
May 22, 2009
Its themes of friendship and rejection are handled with aching sincerity, but they cannot galvanise a drama too forgiving - and too much in awe - of knife-wielding yobs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 22, 2009
The film falls down in its effort to make credible the background stories of its well-performed lead characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 22, 2009
Combining awayday punch-ups with bedsit brooding, the tortured relationship between the lads is generally lifeless. Things aren't helped by the film's sheer gloom, as if a layer of dust and grime lies over the camera lens. Missable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
May 22, 2009
Lacking the empathy brought to this sort of subject by Shane Meadows, this is a one-way ticket that hits the dramatic buffers all too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 22, 2009
A pretentious, grubbily voyeuristic paean to football hooliganism, kitted out with ubiquitous slo-mo violence, tactical post-punk hits and retro fashions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 22, 2009
Disappointing British drama that fails to engage, thanks to leaden direction, an underwritten script and lacklustre performances from the two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 22, 2009
Awaydays doesn't really buck the trend, though it does put a more interesting spin on it by trying to fuse the phenomenon to post-punk disaffection in Britain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
May 22, 2009
The film tries to blend Seventies music, fashion and a grim backdrop, but at heart it's a nasty and limp story told better by other movies.
Neil Smith
Total Film
May 22, 2009
To its credit, Awaydays does not glamorise its hooligans the way The Football Factory and Green Street did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sun Online
May 22, 2009
Full of junkies, sordid sex and ultra-violence, it paints Seventies Liverpool as a vicious place to live. But somehow the gritty "realism" isn't believable. Perhaps it's the rambling plot or the shallow characterisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Irish Times
March 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
May 22, 2009
To the music fans, it's watching Echo & The Bunnymen gigs at nightclubs; to The Pack, Awaydays contingent of football hooligans, it's fighting in car parks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 22, 2009
A meagre budget and a lack of clear-cut character motivations blunts the impact of what might have been a powerful Mean Streets-style study of male friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 2, 2012
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