The End (2004)

The End

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Critic Consensus: 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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In this heart-wrenching documentary, five terminally ill hospice patients and their families share their feelings about death with candor, humor and dignity. Kirby Dick directed.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The End

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
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.

Full Review… | May 7, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

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

Full Review… | May 7, 2009
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2009

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Guardian

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