Explicit Ills Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 2, 2011
suffers from a simultaneous affliction of overwriting and underwriting
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Bill Gibron
July 8, 2009
all social smoke and mirrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clay Cane
June 10, 2009
In an era of low-blow comedies and fluff action flicks, this movie will inspire you to be aware, conscious and sensitive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2009
A movie that too often feels comprised of arty public service announcements can only be considered a lost opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 14, 2009
A good first effort with heart felt acting but this film does not provide the thrills and spills some expect from inner city explorations
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Emanuel Levy
March 9, 2009
Webber is good with his actors, but he tries to do too much, depict a portrait of the lower-depths in Philadelphia, present a cautionary tale and call to arms, and also suggest a personal memoir or living in this particular city.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 7, 2009
An impressive directorial debut that manages to be a throughly compelling, honest and socially conscious drama
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
March 6, 2009
Initially promising but ultimately maddening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 6, 2009
Despite a good cast, Explicit Ills is about as phony as it gets.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 6, 2009
Gorgeous to look at and touchingly sincere, Mark Webber's directorial debut makes a considerable impact despite its evident flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 6, 2009
There is much to argue with, and much to regret, about a film whose director thinks he needs to drop an anvil on our heads when art would suffice.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 5, 2009
Mark Weber's Explicit Ills has a tenderness that belies its fiery left-leaning political views about urban poverty and social injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
March 5, 2009
A serious social drama without insight, a unique point of view or, seemingly, much of an understanding of its own issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
March 4, 2009
The film's cast and the fluid camerawork are as hip as can be, and in this age of Obama, so is the sentiment -- unflinching but optimistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 4, 2009
Two of the cast members shine: Lou Taylor Pucci as a drug dealer who finds a new lover and baptizes himself in substance abuse, and Rosario Dawson as a mother trying to care for her asthmatic son with no health insurance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
March 3, 2009
The film is confidently polished and thankfully more sweet-tempered than preachy, given that every narrative thread has an underlying theme of social injustice.
Prairie Miller
February 16, 2009
Elusive narrative strands sorted out with surprising and uplifting clarity. And a determined socially conscious focus on the dismal, all too explicit diseased state of profit-ized health care in a country where patients are 'customers, not sick people.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 18, 2008
I'm looking forward to seeing what Webber comes up with next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 28, 2008
It's the best reflection of inner city life, and its effect on children, since Charles Burnett's 1977 drama Killer of Sheep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Koehler
July 1, 2008
Actor-turned-director Mark Webber combines the worst of two schemes in his debut feature, Explicit Ills: overweening artistic pretense with a crudely conceived political message.
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