City Rats Reviews

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
April 28, 2009
Although Kelly displays imagination as well as technical skill, his film can't be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2009
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.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
April 25, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Jon Fortgang
Film4
April 25, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 25, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dominic Wells
Times [UK]
April 25, 2009
City Rats is an old Trabant: depressing, prone to stall, its parts not properly welded together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
April 25, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karl French
Financial Times
April 25, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 25, 2009
An ambitious, wildly uneven venture beautifully photographed by Adam Levins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 25, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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