Cemetery Junction Reviews

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Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 28, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 14, 2011

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.

Stephen Saito
IFC.com
December 25, 2010

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.

Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 23, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
September 4, 2010

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

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 30, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
August 10, 2010

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

Andrew Barker
Variety
Top Critic
August 10, 2010

It's a strange hybrid of a film, boasting loudmouth boorishness instead of wit, and fortune-cookie schmaltz instead of heart.

Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
June 28, 2010

An unabashedly feel-good and identifiable crowdpleaser.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew O'Hagan
This is London
April 22, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 22, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 21, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Roberts
Uncut Magazine [UK]
April 21, 2010

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.

Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
April 19, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Scotsman
April 19, 2010

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...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 16, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Cox
Daily Mail [UK]
April 16, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
April 16, 2010

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.

Alex Zane
Sun Online
April 16, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 15, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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