Faintheart (2008)


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Movie Info

A man who enjoys living in the past is having a hard time dealing with the present in this comedy from the UK. Richard (Eddie Marsan) spends his days dealing with cranky customers at a big-box home improvement store, but on weekends he becomes a fearsome Viking warrior with a local role-playing group called the Bloody Broadswords. Richard and his best friend Julian (Ewen Bremner) help the group recreate centuries-old battles with all the realism their limited finances can muster, but Richard's … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Lemon, Vito Rocco
In Theaters:
Vertigo Films


as Richard

as Geoff

as Barbara

as Julian's Mother

as Danny
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Critic Reviews for Faintheart

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

It all feels very samey, the comic potential of the mock battles never approached with genuine enthusiasm but treated as a mere gag, and one which soon outstays its welcome. Amiable yet underwhelming.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

It's tiresome in its own way.

Full Review… | January 28, 2009
Observer [UK]

What has emerged is an ordinary film that might have been made for television at any time in the past few decades.

Full Review… | January 28, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

The laughs come few and far between in a story as drab as the Northern skies under which it is set.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Empire Magazine

Put away your eight-sided dice and go seek this immensely likable, sparky little comedy about fantasy, reality and love conquering all.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009

Faintheart is a wild folly. It's a romantic comedy devised, directed, cast, and produced by the online members of MySpace. In this slender respect it's a genuine sensation. But it looks and feels as knock-kneed as the ingredients.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Faintheart

Eddie Marsan can play both lovable and venomous brilliantly, here he plays lovable for a change, again, brilliantly. The supporting cast are pretty lovable too, Ewen Bremner, Jessica Hynes and Tim Healy all do good jobs. In fact, the whole film was really good, pretty much as good as you can expect from a typical British rom-com forgiving its formulaic structure, it's just let down terribly by the awful ending. Change the last 10 minutes and you've got a cracking film but unfortunately, due to the last 10 minutes it isn't.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

About as typical a brit romcom as they come, this just rises above the pack thanks to some genuinely funny moments performed by seasoned comedy performers (except Nicholls).

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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