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Cemetery Junction (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 15

It fails to challenge the well-established conventions of its storyline, but Cemetery Junction benefits from the genuine warmth of its script, as well as its refusal to give in to cheap nostalgia.

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It fails to challenge the well-established conventions of its storyline, but Cemetery Junction benefits from the genuine warmth of its script, as well as its refusal to give in to cheap nostalgia.

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Playing out against the glamorous backdrop of Reading, England, during the 1970s, Cemetery Junction (a nod to the stretch of road of the same name) focuses on a small group of colorful characters who work for an insurance company. Written, directed, and produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the film marks the duo's first collaboration for the big screen and features a cast that includes the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, and Gervais himself. ~ Rovi

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Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

Aug 17, 2010

Sony Pictures

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (15) | DVD (5)

Disappointing tale of '70s youngsters devoid of wit or insight.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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It's a strange hybrid of a film, boasting loudmouth boorishness instead of wit, and fortune-cookie schmaltz instead of heart.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
Variety
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It's refreshing to see a mainstream British film with the ambition to strut its stuff on studio terms.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The period setting has been captured to a tee; it's all red bricks, ghastly wallpaper, casual racism and cut-glass fruitbowls. Everything is viewed through a haze of cigarette smoke. It's little wonder the kids want out.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Gervais has come up with a surprisingly conservative coming-of-age comedy that shows very little of the satirical bite or formal daring of the TV shows that made his name.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

As filmmakers, Gervais and Merchant find a rhythm technically that makes the fact they never find the balance between humor and heart that they've achieved in the past even more of a disappointment.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: IFC.com
IFC.com

Gervais and Merchant's previous projects mastered the tightrope walk between comic cruelty and earnest drama. With Cemetery Junction, they waver wildly, unveiling some of their ugliest jokes and most saccharine emotional moments to date.

November 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Beware the comic creators who decide they want to be taken "seriously."

September 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com | Comment (1)
Seanax.com

A humble riff on the well-worn coming-of-age film. [Blu-ray]

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

An unabashedly feel-good and identifiable crowdpleaser.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Cemetery Junction successfully creates a visual tone for itself, then, when it comes to dialogue and plot, it goes ahead to make a different film altogether.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

There's a strong autobiographical tone to this British period drama, and the cast is very good. But by never focussing the story in a meaningful way, the film pales in comparison to its nearest predecessor, An Education.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

While Remi Adefarasin's cinematography gives the picture a superficially cinematic sheen, this is essentially small-minded fare, unimaginative in its ambitions and clumsy in its execution.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

This is a passable, mildly diverting, coming-of-age Brit-flick. Coming from the Gervais/Merchant stable though, it's a frustrating let-down after past successes.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

A first feature that is far from perfect but has its heart in all the right places.

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A romanticised but still truthful look at how difficult it is to cut the ties to the hometown of your childhood and actually strike out on your own...

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

It is entertaining as far as it goes, but it would have to be fully and Gervaisishly funny, or else fully nasty, vinegary and sad before everyone involved was, to coin a phrase, up the junction.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Where Cemetery Junction's strength lies is in its depiction of the relationship between three friends.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The plot ambles and Gervais and Merchant can't resist neatly tying up every loose end in a manner which strains credibility. Their dramatic crescendo is a mother pouring a cup of tea.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

A coming-of-age story that is hilarious and heartfelt in equal measure.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Gervais and Merchant may offer less ambition or novelty than meet the eye, but being cosily shepherded to their feel-good destination never feels like drudgery.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Cemetery Junction

Cemetery Junction is a very honest depiction of working class suburbia in 1970's England. It may seem a little forced at times but I really don't think it is exaggerated at all, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant rightly decided it really didn't need to be, life was as funny/shocking/shockingly funny as this. The ignorant attitudes are still alive and well in some parts but no matter what walk of life you are from, you will have met someone like the Grandmother at some point in time. I'm not a big Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant fan but this was a pleasant surprise. Funny and touching and unfiltered for a greater audience, maybe it didn't do as well as it could have but it keeps its integrity which is very refreshing.
September 6, 2013
SirPant

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A group of friends tired of their suffocating existence in a working class suburb in the 1970s look for ways to escape to a better life. Cemetery Junction is very much a nostalgic trip back in time to a period when an aspirational working class looked to escape their roots, only to be restricted by their own lack of exposure to a world they had no experience of. It's strange to think how over a few short years the internet has transformed the world in this way; the working classes of the 70s were mired in "I expect my dinner on the table" sexism and racism born of ignorance rather than malice simply because they knew no better. Christian Cooke's central character represents the hopes and dreams of a young man wanting more than a life spent at a soul destroying factory job but soon realises that a life at a soul destroying office job doesn't seem much more appealing despite the carrot of the trappings of the upper middle class. The support provided by a very charismatic and chiselled Tom Hughes seems like the first steps of a future star and Gervais' hilariously ignorant 70s family provide some very funny moments. Very much in the same vein as the sitcoms of Clement and Frenais, it may stick to a well worn formula of feelgood romanticism but it has enough in the way of well observed comedy and likeable characters to make you enjoy the journey. Shane Meadows lite.
January 24, 2012
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Not bad, story set in the 70's about a group of friends and their lives. Nothing you won't have seen before, and I have seen the whole 70's setting done to better effect, but it's an undemanding movie with a few laughs and a few sweet moments in it too. Nice to watch on a dull weekend.
September 12, 2011
romy861

Super Reviewer

Captures only a part of the 70s in England, but captures it well, unfortunately it aims it at a large audience so probably has bad reviews. I cant believe the soundtrack, cus I hate most those songs, but together they worked well for an OST.
July 19, 2011
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    1. Julie: There's this ancient Arab proverb, it says...
    2. Freddie: Woah, 'there's this ancient Arab proverb'? You've changed.
    3. Julie: Listen! It's sweet. It says: throw your heart out in front of you, and run ahead to catch it...whatever you desire, imagine it's in front of you, and grab it.
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