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Cracks (2011)

tomatometer

43

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 27

Atomospheric but not much else, Cracks is a formless film in search of compelling drama.

46

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

Atomospheric but not much else, Cracks is a formless film in search of compelling drama.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 7,885

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Movie Info

In an austere and remote all-girls boarding school, the most elite students are the illustrious members of the schools' diving team. Di (Juno Temple), Lily (Ellie Nunn), Poppy (Imogen Poots), Laurel (Adele Mccann), Rosie (Zoe Carroll) and Fuzzy (Clemmie Dugdale) are the envy of their fellow pupils who watch on as the girls compete for the attention of their glamorous teacher MISS G (Eva Green). MISS G in turn thrives on the attention she receives from her girls and believes it is her role to

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jul 19, 2011

$17.6k

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (27) | DVD (1)

"Cracks" is a moody, often lurid tale of rivalry and repression.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Although Green is the sort of actress you can't take your eyes off , her presence is not enough to keep this movie from becoming mired in a slow and predictable rut.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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"Cracks" is a bit of a knock-off, but it's a sturdily assembled vessel for a promising director and cast.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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While Scott's movie has a consistent aura, it lacks a consistent tone.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Driven more by characters and relationships than narrative, Cracks explores the exclusionary power of cliques that develop within a closed society, the single-minded violence of the mob mentality, and the seductive charm of the charismatic individual.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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"Cracks" recalls any number of girls-school dramas, like the much better "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969).

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The story twists beautifully and shockingly. The ending is brilliant. Skillfully directed by Jordan Scott.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: FilmsInReview.com
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Along with Fiamma's shift, we can't buy a miscast Eva Green, whose teacher begins the film faultless and finishes looking like The Turn of the Screw's governess.

May 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

,,,sometimes seems too obvious, sometimes too opaque, and frequently leaves you guessing as to whether some episode has a deeper meaning or was just tossed out there to keep things moving.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Temple shines as Di. Her round face and large eyes convey almost as much as her dialogue.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Cracks only strays from the boarding school genre's playbook when it's entering questionable territory, making for a picture that's easily forgettable except in its disappointments.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Cracks is very tawdry and blunt, but it's also an effective parable about the way people -- especially impressionable young people -- can become complicit in their own oppression.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

Lame period film set in a remote girls' boarding school never takes off. All-too-familiar tensions among students and their troubled instructor go unresolved.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's at least unintentionally funny and could wind up with a kind of demented cult following.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A hobbled, but moderate chiller, which offers far too many intriguing toxins to discount, even when they're projected in a most transparent manner.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Cracks has the potential to be utterly devastating. Unfortunately, the film settles for being mildly unsettling.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Cracks

Innocence isn't lost. It's taken.

Good Film! This film is very well played by all actors, including the young girls, directed beautifully and using both impressive scenery and great costumes. Eva Green played a complex character, easy to sympathize with at times, easy to loathe at others. She carried this film almost to perfection. While the beginning of the film is effective due to its period authenticity and performances, the story itself is somewhat sleight. I realize that the opening hour and a half or so is needed to allow for the stellar final twenty minutes, but maybe the danger could have been alluded to earlier. Every emotion and feeling is conveyed by expert story telling, such as the mood of the scene and the body language of actresses. They draw viewers into their world, and into their feelings. One can easily tell Miss G's attraction, confusion and panic; Di's jealousy and Fiamma's emotional change throughout the film. Such an empathy inducing film is rarely seen nowadays. The cinematography by John Mathieson finds both the haunting beauty of the isolated St. Mathilde's School and the splendid panoramas of nature add immeasurably to the film as does the musical score by Javier Navarette - a score that combines Anglican hymns with gentle piano music. This is a triumph for all concerned and bodes well for the career of Jordan Scott. That being said, Jordan Scott you are a genius! Needless to say, I'm looking forward to see more of your work.

Within the confines of a strict, all-girls English boarding school (circa 1930s), a clique students participate on the swim team not only to pass the time, but to be close to their swimming instructor, the enigmatic, yet charismatic, Miss G (Eva Green). While Miss G originally encourages their idolization and crack (crush) on her, the teachers attention is quickly focused on the arrival of an exotic and beautiful Spanish foreign pupil, Fiamma (María Valverde). As the new girl rebuffs her classmates, and further rejects Miss Gs interest, her teammates begin to grow jealous of Miss Gs fascination with Fiamma, and resent the latters distain of their instructor, accumulating in the inexplicable disappearance of Fiamma.
June 22, 2013
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Manu Gino

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The directorial debut of Jordan Scott, the daughter of Ridley Scott is Cracks, a film about an all-girls boarding school and the elite students part of the diving team under the direction of Miss G. It is so much fun to watch Eva Green ride that teacher off the rails, that it's almost the one reason to see this film. The film is otherwise a formless, abstract, mostly well-acted, atmospheric and sometimes boring first film for Jordan Scott.
October 20, 2012
Raymond Wieser

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A film about a psychotic, predatory lesbian, and a group of boarding school girls. Some tension filled scenes, intertwined with catfights, bullying, and tons of estrogen. All this could have been a great recipe for a memorable movie....but I found it just average. Eva Green, however, is quite great in this....
November 8, 2011
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Cast: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde, Imogen Poots, Ellie Nunn, Adele McCann, Zoe Carroll, Clemmie Dugdale, Sinéad Cusack, Helen Norton

Director: Jordan Scott

Summary: Jordan Scott -- daughter of helmer Ridley Scott -- makes her directing debut with this thriller set at a British all-girls boarding school between World War I and II and starring Eva Green as a popular teacher and coach of the swim team. When a new girl arrives at the cliquish and hormonally charged institution, jealousies erupt, obsessions arise and, eventually, a student disappears.

My Thoughts: "Jordon Scott really did a fabulous and beautiful job with her first film. The under water scenes where gorgeous. The acting is so good. Especially by Eva Green. Miss G. is a beautiful, exotic, and a free spirit in her girl's eyes. She cheers on her girls and teaches them that the most important thing in life is desire and that you can have anything in the world all you need to do is desire it. Not until Fiamma shows up do we see the other side of Miss G. The much darker, disturbed, unbalanced, troubled side. Fiamma brings out the worse in Miss G. Miss G. desires Fiamma's attention and love. Fiamma is quick to notice there is something wrong with Miss G. and tries her best to stay free of her, but there's no escaping Miss G. or her loyal jealous followers. Great film! Intense with great performances from all the young ladies. Must see for certain."
August 13, 2011
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    1. Miss G.: Girls, we are angels, eagles! To dive is to fly. Set yourself free of the shackles of conformity. Let nothing hold you back except the air itself. You are between heaven and earth. The rules no longer apply.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Miss G.: The most important thing in life is desire. You can achieve anything you want. The world is yours for the taking. Nothing is impossible for you, my girls. All you need is to desire it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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