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Cracks Reviews

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Victoria Alexander

The story twists beautifully and shockingly. The ending is brilliant. Skillfully directed by Jordan Scott.

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October 11, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"Cracks" is a moody, often lurid tale of rivalry and repression.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2011
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: B

May 12, 2011
James Berardinelli
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

March 24, 2011
Brian Orndorf

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

March 17, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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In many ways "Cracks" is lurid and rickety. But its gripping ensemble performances lend it an emotional intensity that outweighs its shortcomings.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2011
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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Worth seeing just to watch Ms. Green ride that teacher right off the rails.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 17, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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For much of Cracks' first two-thirds, Scott and company avoid the obvious melodramatic beats and just let the story unfold, even as the narrative shifts its attention from character to character.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

March 17, 2011
Cole Smithey

Jordan Scott's feature film debut as a co-writer/director is so self-assured that it's tempting to take for granted the calculatedly dynamic measure of her work.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

March 17, 2011
Harvey S. Karten

An engaging period piece about an all girls' school on a remote island.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

March 14, 2011
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

Scott excels in maintaining a low, persistent hum of eroticism whose purpose is not titillation or camp.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 12, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

In her debut feature, Jordan Scott (daughter of Ridley) has conjured a lovely oddity combining elements of The Prime of Miss Brodie, The Children's Hour, If, The Belles of St. Trinian's, and even a bit of Lord of the Flies.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2010
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine

An auspicious debut for Scott, but one whose ingredients are too familiar to really fizz. Green is great, though, in a dark-tinged role that plays to her strengths.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2009
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

A film about the eruption of desire in an all-girls boarding school that marks the beguiling feature debut from Jordan (daughter of Ridley) Scott.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2009
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

Cracks is an impressive debut from the latest Scott to step behind the camera. The eye-catching photography, attention to detail and strong acting amount to a sharply-observed character study. It's a fine calling card.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2009
Carmen Grey
Total Film

Witty dialogue buoys the psychological tension as the story spirals to its dramatic conclusion.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2009
Adam Smith
Radio Times

A sensual, erotically charged 1930s-set melodrama that has a passing similarity in theme to The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2009
Matthew Turner

A superbly made, emotionally engaging drama that's worth seeing for the terrific performances.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2009
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