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City Rats

City Rats (2009)

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Critic Reviews: 1
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Connections made and missed form the foundation of this drama following the journeys of eight haunted Londoners in search of redemption. Jim is throwing watermelons off of a rooftop in preparation for a possible suicide when he spies Sue standing on an adjacent rooftop. She, too, is pondering a fatal plunge, and when Jim catches up to her they attempt to find another way out than straight down. Meanwhile, Sue's ex-boyfriend Dean has hit a creative slump. His paintings panned and his poetry

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Art House & International, Drama

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (10)

It's a terrible film, so blithely wrong-headed in its execution that some scenes are quite entertaining in an 'is this really happening?' kind of way.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Although Kelly displays imagination as well as technical skill, his film can't be taken seriously.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

The factitious tale of eight Londoners from the lower reaches of the East End who pair off to go about their tedious, unconvincing ways with Canary Wharf usually in the background.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A low budget drama by a writer and director both making their feature debut, it's an uneven but ambitious enterprise which, like its characters, never knows which way to turn, or how best to exploit its own strengths.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

There really is no film as terrible as a terrible Britfilm, and here is a depressing example that I can only compare to Madonna's legendarily abysmal Filth and Wisdom.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

City Rats is an old Trabant: depressing, prone to stall, its parts not properly welded together.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Sorely in need of an injection of black humour or wit, City Rats is a long trawl through picture postcard London, populated by underwritten characters mouthing unlikely dialogue.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

An inane urban drama with a strong cast - Susan Lynch and James Lance among them - and big themes - death, art, love, sex - but no discernible point.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

An ambitious, wildly uneven venture beautifully photographed by Adam Levins.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Danny Dyer, Susan Lynch and Tamer Hassan do their best to convince but City Rats is never more than a compendium of clichés hoping to amuse and move us. In the end it does neither.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for City Rats

Danny Dyer, Susan Lynch and Tamer Hassan do their best to convince but City Rats is never more than a compendium of clichés hoping to amuse and move us. In the end it does neither.
March 14, 2010
roygutteridge

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A pensive day in the life of eight Londoners, searching for sex or death, or maybe both. The story jumps around between each character so it takes a little while to catch up on who's who, especially since there's only a degree or two of separation between them all. Some of the acting is wooden enough to float but all that jumping around does keep you interested. Besides, who isn't interested in sex or death, or maybe both.
March 19, 2010
lesleyanorton
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