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Down to the Dirt

Down to the Dirt (2008)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Joel Thomas Hyne's acclaimed novel about a Newfoundland drug addict's attempts to make sense of his own warped existence serves as the foundation for this poetic yet visceral addiction drama that stars the author himself as the damaged protagonist. Keith Kavanagh (Hyne) is a collection of contradictions; he's a coward, a bully, and a clown all at once, and his life is a mess of complicated relationships. Though he longs to start life anew somewhere else, he lacks the motivation to put any

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We know how his story will unfold.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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By the time the movie finally gets round to the narrator enumerating the life lessons learned, viewers may already be sleeping it off.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The movie, directed by first-timer Simms, gets really interesting -- in a squalid, darkly humorous, Atlantic Canada Gothic kinda way.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Many viewers will find time spent with this hapless screw-up two hours too many, but the pic does at least partly capture the source material's rambunctious gallows humor.

September 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Hynes is really effective as Keith, at ease with the rude, raw material that's drawn from his own past, and he manages to be charismatic even at his most down and dirty.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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...an uncommonly disagreeable effort that's destined to turn off most mentally-stable viewers.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Down to the Dirt

This film is a depressing coming-of-age story based upon Newfoundland author Joel Hynes' first novel. It's gritty and dirty in the depiction of the main character's plummet from small community- troubled teen to a drug and alcohol addicted young man bent on self destruction.The author portrays the main character quite well and has some promise as an artist and author.

I have'nt read the book but the film is OK...It's immature in development and chock full of cliches but this young man does a decent job of portraying his main character's angst and eventual enlightenment. A very good first project...
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