Cracks Reviews

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Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
October 11, 2011
The story twists beautifully and shockingly. The ending is brilliant. Skillfully directed by Jordan Scott.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 23, 2011
"Cracks" is a moody, often lurid tale of rivalry and repression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2011
"Cracks" is a bit of a knock-off, but it's a sturdily assembled vessel for a promising director and cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News
May 12, 2011
Temple shines as Di. Her round face and large eyes convey almost as much as her dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 24, 2011
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.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 17, 2011
In many ways "Cracks" is lurid and rickety. But its gripping ensemble performances lend it an emotional intensity that outweighs its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
March 17, 2011
Worth seeing just to watch Ms. Green ride that teacher right off the rails.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 14, 2011
An engaging period piece about an all girls' school on a remote island.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
February 12, 2011
Scott excels in maintaining a low, persistent hum of eroticism whose purpose is not titillation or camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine
December 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
December 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
December 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Carmen Grey
Total Film
December 4, 2009
Witty dialogue buoys the psychological tension as the story spirals to its dramatic conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Smith
Radio Times
December 4, 2009
A sensual, erotically charged 1930s-set melodrama that has a passing similarity in theme to The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 4, 2009
A superbly made, emotionally engaging drama that's worth seeing for the terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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