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Dead Man's Shoes (2006)

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57

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 18

Though enhanced by cramped, gritty camerawork, this unsettling look at violence and revenge lacks the provocative edge needed to give it a substantial kick.

42

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

Though enhanced by cramped, gritty camerawork, this unsettling look at violence and revenge lacks the provocative edge needed to give it a substantial kick.

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Richard has always protected his simple-minded little brother Anthony. When Richard leaves the rural village where they have grown up to join the army, Anthony is taken in by Sonny, a controlling and vicious local drug dealer and his gang of lads. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and plaything. Seven years later, Richard returns to settle the score. One by one, he hunts down each member of the gang and executes them in increasingly elaborate ways as flashbacks reveal the extent to which his

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Shane Meadows

Sep 5, 2006

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Film plays as a quirky Brit riff on everything from U.S. slasher pics to revenge oaters but without Meadows' usual psychological complexity.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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In a swift 86 minutes, director Meadows and co-writer/star Considine give us a methodical, handsome, emotionally intelligent version of the revenge flick.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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In the end, the picture's more pulp than juice.

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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There's a hint of Shakespeare's goriest tragedies here, sucked dry of any attendant heart, emotional depth or compelling human interest.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A poor fit for anyone. And that includes even the undiscriminating gorehounds looking for yet another bloody slice of payback.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Meadows ... very slowly builds to a powerful climax for this arty cross between Straw Dogs and First Blood.

May 12, 2006
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An original, complex, and utterly gruesome revenge parable...

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Isn't a mess, but it's sure no competition for Winchester 73, Once Upon a Time in the West or even Kill Bill, films in which payback really is a bitch.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comments (7)
Film Journal International

Startlingly powerful, slightly loopy take on the revenge flick . . . offers a wry authenticity that the too-stylish, tough guys and gals in Tarantino's wanna-be-epics of retribution can't exude.

February 1, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The film is further proof that revenge, even when served as a cold dish as this is, ends up being far too chewy for a satisfying movie meal

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

What's intriguing is that Meadows makes us identify with these small-time hoods, even as he's setting up their executions.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Though Meadows makes a lot of it, he mucks it up before it's over.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian | Comments (2)
Oregonian

The whole thing leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Despite the fact that there is little left to the imagination, the movie is enthralling.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Atuações formidáveis (especialmente de Considine) em um filme moralmente ambíguo que, ao mesmo tempo em que funciona como maravilhosa releitura de Carter, o Vingador, analisa a natureza retroalimentadora da violência.

June 11, 2006 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

What makes it intriguing and eminently watchable is Considine's deft almost low-key portrayal of what is essentially an avenging angel.

May 30, 2006
Murphy's Movie Reviews

For better or worse, this is a revenge saga that refuses to take sides.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though the story is formulaic, the bleakly naturalistic performances give it an uncomfortable sting.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unfortunately, the absence of emotionally engaging characters, combined with the cast's thick, unintelligible accents, undermines what could have been a taut and provocative exploration on the moral price of vengeance.

May 12, 2006 | Comments (12)
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Audience Reviews for Dead Man's Shoes

Revenge stories are a dime a dozen in the cinematic landscape; a subject often used but rarely to the effect of director Shane Meadows' "Dead Man's Shoes." This is a great film, with grit and punkish lo-fi sensibilities that strengthen an already harrowing character piece. Amazingly written (and highly quotable) dialogue abound and highlight the terrific, multifaceted performance of Paddy Considine. A powerful slice of low-budget filmmaking.
November 9, 2013
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The ultimate story of revenge. This movie is powerful and gripping in every way. It is saddening in many parts, and will make you think twice before you ever think of being mean to someone again.
September 11, 2012
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Gritty, emotionally powerful, raw and what British Films should be made of. With an almost frightening reality to it, none of the cast could be faulted.

This was the film that introduced me to the collaboration of Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine and as a result I became a huge fan of their individual works..

Still very much my favourite British film and proof that good film making doesn't have to have a big budget or high tech effects. Mind games, intimidation and revenge are the power behind this story. I've seen many non-Brits class this as a horror even a Slasher (which is a bit of an insult I feel), but it's too real and passionate to be that.

Finally it's only when you look over this film time and time again you come to understand what a great role Toby Kebbell also played in this.

Yes I never stop praising this fillm, it epitomizes everything that can be great from a low budget film and it's one hell of a revenge movie.
January 20, 2012
76Majikat

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An amazingly heart felt and empowering slasher flick that puts the method back into the madness and for once, gives us a killer with a motive and small budget. No elaborate traps, haunting scenary or dramatic turns - just one man set to exact revenge on those who have harmed his own. Crushingly honest, brutal dialogue and some of the best acting I have ever seen come from this fair isle, this film is a very good one indeed. It leaves me wondering whether Hollywood should take a glance over to the UK to see how real pain can be on screen without the need of million of dollars or twisty turny plots - Dead Man's Shoes proves that all you need to make a film great is people that are good at their jobs - cast, crew and audience. Amazing.
October 7, 2011
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    1. Richard: They're all dead. I executed them.
    – Submitted by Daniel m (19 months ago)
    1. Herbie: Can I help you mate?
    2. Richard: [shrugs] Sorry?
    3. Herbie: [aggressively] What the fuck are you looking at?
    4. Richard: [shouts] You, ya cunt!
    – Submitted by Ben T (22 months ago)
    1. Richard: You know why people give kids drugs? So they can control their minds. 'Cause they're fucking weak-minded themselves.
    – Submitted by Frank M (23 months ago)
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