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.
| Original Score: 4/5
A humble riff on the well-worn coming-of-age film. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 2.5/4
An unabashedly feel-good and identifiable crowdpleaser.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A first feature that is far from perfect but has its heart in all the right places.
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...
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Where Cemetery Junction's strength lies is in its depiction of the relationship between three friends.
A coming-of-age story that is hilarious and heartfelt in equal measure.
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.
Rather than an easy nostalgia-fest filled with flared trousers, Gervais and Merchant have captured a warm, funny and engaging coming-of-age drama, the like of which British cinema rarely delivers.
It's refreshing to see a mainstream British film with the ambition to strut its stuff on studio terms.
It feels close to Gervais's heart, brimming with nostalgia for sunny days and japes with the lads.
It's far from Gervais's big-screen masterpiece but it gives you hope he's got one in him.
Gervais has crafted a comedy drama like the ones that led people to love him in the first place: relatable, heart-warming, and genuinely very very funny.
The three young leads are excellent, with Hughes, in particular, giving a stand-out performance that is certain to lead to greater things.
Stylishly cinematic ode to the dreams of youth and the will to escape the shackles that so relentlessly conspire to trap us in everything that is most limiting about our lives
A departure from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's painfully acute observational humour.
| Original Score: 7/10
It's deftly written, unobtrusively directed and nicely acted, indicating Gervais (along with Merchant) does have a future as a film director after all.
Good looks, cool characters, great music. Gervais and Merchant's film is the most confident British debut since Shallow Grave.