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Faintheart (2008)


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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


Art House & International, Comedy

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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.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's tiresome in its own way.

January 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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

January 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

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

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Faintheart, which bills itself as the world's first user-generated movie, is a middling sitcom that could have crawled fully formed from the head of a jaded TV executive.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

By Odin, it's a totally unexpected hoot.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

No gimmick in the world can save this froth.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The internet is supposed to broaden our horizons, yet Faintheart feels like a return to the Dark Ages.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

A British underdog comedy of no great distinction.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent

Even if you hate it, the only thing you'll be wasting is your time.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Watchable, by-the-numbers romantic comedy with a few decent gags and a strong performance from Eddie Marsan.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

INTERNET-Generated Movie So Bad Even Cinemas Vow to Show it for Free. No, not a headline from The Onion, but the actual fate of Faintheart.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

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.
October 11, 2011

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).
September 5, 2010
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