| Original Score: 2/5
Slickly made but ultimately pointless, this film is rescued by skillful direction and excellent actors who invest a fearless authenticity into their roles. It's just a shame that there's nothing very meaningful beneath the surface.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Offers little but secondhand platitudes on the dehumanising effects of violence while proving that the generation gap is as wide as ever.
Deeply unpleasant, tightly scripted and well executed...
If Williams has something important to say about hoodie culture, it's sadly lost in the haze of pot smoke.
Williams is able to create an unsettling atmosphere with simple sound effects, but he fails to provide a convincing context for the extreme antisocial behaviour.
| Original Score: C+
| Original Score: 2/4
... A technically proficient and psychologically aware piece of class baiting ...
Combining top-notch craft and strong performances across the board, particularly from the younger cast members, Cherry Tree Lane is indie filmmaking done very, very right.
| Original Score: 4/5
...bringing vastly different classes and generations into explosive collision, and utterly unsettling the bourgeois norms of a society that prefers to keep its problems on the other side of the door.
The grim comedy keeps coming and the laughter keeps dying in our throats.
Its suggestion of a conscienceless underclass will be as a red rag to more conservative souls, but you suspect Williams won't care. He's becoming a real player in the cinema of ordeal.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 3/4
Taut, tightly-plotted and at times confronting, it'll have you gripping the arm of your seat and double-locking the door.
Impressively directed, superbly acted thriller that's both suspenseful and horrifying, though the decision to keep all the violence offscreen won't work for everyone.