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End

End (2004)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 6

An eye-opening, if one-sided and reverential, talking-heads doc about London's "Wild East" candidly told by the hard men gangsters themselves.

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An eye-opening, if one-sided and reverential, talking-heads doc about London's "Wild East" candidly told by the hard men gangsters themselves.

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (6)

Inevitably, this is a sympathetic, one-sided film and its familiar perspective is a nostalgic, sometimes tiresome one that imagines a 'golden age' when grannies could leave their doors open at night.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The film is a flavourful record of what is - as the interviewees are well aware - a vanishing culture, but it doesn't dig deep.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

A movie that is non-judgmental to the point of celebration.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A deliberately distressed and scratchy documentary of talking heads, sporting the same sinister techno score and added subtitles for non-cockneys.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

The flesh-crawling thrill is that these stories about armed robberies, ghastly fights, and grisly murders are utterly compelling.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Intentionally or not, Nicola Collins's filmed interviews with various old-school East End geezers give us a fair idea of their sentimentality, paranoia, smugness and flashes of humour.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

This is a disappointingly reverential exercise in East End mythologising that's too busy sucking up to its rheumily sentimental interviewees to spend enough time exploring the few interesting observations they do make.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Moodily shot on monochrome and accompanied by an industrial soundtrack, it already seems these hardmen belong to a different, rose-tinted era.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

They're eloquent, witty and quietly terrifying, the glitchy visuals and chilly score undercutting the laughs with a tremendous sense of foreboding.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The End could be criticised for being one-sided (none of the victims get a look-in). But that's missing the point, for at heart it's really a portrait of a long-gone era. In all, it's the best British crime film in years.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It is a fist-in-your-face scary and, in the end, absorbing film.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

Would you Adam and Eve it, the film is packed with notorious criminals including Victor Dark, a man living by the "code" of "helping old ladies across the road."

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The film, a success on the festival circuit, has been described as "carving, visceral, right in your face... scary, gob-smacking". I merely concur, in case they know where I live.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

This grainy documentary that lets the Cockney hard men brag about violence, honour codes and the changed East End. Director Collins appeared with her sister Teena in Guy Ritchie's Snatch. That explains a lot.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The second half of this most watchable debut sows a few doubts. The old sweats admit that prison has wasted half their lives, that they indeed "done wrong" and, in two cases, that God has saved them from themselves.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

As well as being a candid portrayal of a bygone gangster life, The End's carving visceral edge and acute sense of storytelling gives it bags of rewatch value and quotability. A darn fine piece of work, The End deserves all its praises.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Maxim [UK]
Maxim [UK]

This is a well made, entertaining documentary that's easily the best of the recent handful of British gangster docs.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The End is immensely absorbing...

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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