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Explicit Ills Reviews

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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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.
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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
Variety
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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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 28, 2008
Political awareness doesn't spell preachiness in slice-of-life directing debut for actor Mark Webber.