Cemetery Junction Reviews

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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
Stacey Smith
Little White Lies
April 14, 2010
In its closing moments, Cemetery Junction is both youthfully optimistic and intelligently mature. But by then it's pretty much dead and buried.
| Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
April 14, 2010
A major disappointment, but not an entirely surprising one.
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
April 15, 2010
There are huge tracts of ineloquent dialogue while we wonder where the film is going.
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.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
August 10, 2010
It's a strange hybrid of a film, boasting loudmouth boorishness instead of wit, and fortune-cookie schmaltz instead of heart.
Leo Robson
Financial Times
April 15, 2010
Mean-spirited humour alternates with sentimental didacticism; sitcom jostles with melodrama; lazy shorthand is punctuated by explicitness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1
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.
Chris Tilly
IGN Movies UK
April 15, 2010
This tale has been told so many times that it demands a spark of invention or originality to spice things up, but Cemetery Junction sticks slavishly to story conventions, with nothing new or imaginative to say about the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
September 4, 2010
Beware the comic creators who decide they want to be taken "seriously."
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
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2010
Disappointing tale of '70s youngsters devoid of wit or insight.
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.
Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
June 28, 2010
An unabashedly feel-good and identifiable crowdpleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
Matt Risley
Sky Movies
April 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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