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Gimme The Loot (2013)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 5

Thanks to energetic performances from its young leads, Gimme The Loot captures a slice of city life with warmth and exuberance.


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 2

Thanks to energetic performances from its young leads, Gimme The Loot captures a slice of city life with warmth and exuberance.



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Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high wire heist, and a beautiful, rich



Adam Leon

Sep 17, 2013


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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (5)

Amid all the copycatting and pricey bombast and genericness, here's a movie that looks like it hails from a real place; whose characters sound like they come from somewhere; whose stakes are stresslessly low.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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'Gimme the Loot' is ... meandering and a little shallow. And even at 79 minutes it feels a little too long for what's essentially the film equivalent of a short story.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A thousand-watt jolt of mischief, a spunky, funky, ebullient indie that packs its 81 minutes with cinematic exhilaration.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It may be a slight movie, but it has its sunny charms.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A movie about teenage taggers in the Bronx should be fast and raw, scruffy and loose, and Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot is just that.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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As it lopes along, the movie offers a warm but very sharp portrait of New York's have-nots and their uneasy relationship with the haves.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Watching this film reminded me a bit of 'Friends,' the funny TV show where nothing ever happens. Here, there is a lot of activity, but nothing much is accomplished, except for the creation of a funny, entertaining movie.

December 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

What gets this slight episodic film to first base is the likability shown by the non-professional leads.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

When the next American new wave rolls around, it'll be thanks to moments like these, and movies like Gimme the Loot.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Full of ear-pleasing lines and obscure R&B tunes, it's colourful, casual and full of flavour. An unexpected treat.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Every bit as charming and joyful as it is profane, affectionately portraying a slice of life that feels both exotic and recognizable.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

Has the mischievous energy and vivid sense of place that distinguished an earlier era of New York cinema...

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

First-time feature director Adam Leon's shots are precise and full of detail.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film's strong suit is its use of locations.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The film is episodic and determinedly offbeat, funny at its best, boring at its worst.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Shot on the streets of New York in a loose, freeform style, this lively comedy-drama feels somewhat underdeveloped, leaving us doubtful about its realism.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source:

It's a great deal of fun, emotionally touching, and even surprisingly old-fashioned.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Some of the movie doesn't exactly convince, and some of the scenes have an actors-improv feel to them, but there's always plenty of humour and energy.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

Endlessly entertaining, refreshingly light-hearted and bursting with summer soul, Gimme The Loot joins the pantheon of great New York movies.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

It's a shaggy dog story with a certain amount of charm but not nearly enough drama.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Isn't cinema wonderful?

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The movie is unpolished, and it matters not a jot, because Leon has written super roles for these kids and invests their relationship with such sly feeling.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Hickson walks the line between bravado and vulnerability, while Washington has a charisma, spark and beauty that should ensure this won't be the last we see of her.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Bolstered by a low-key but assured aesthetic and a soundtrack of vintage soul and doo-wop, the film is infectiously enjoyable, with frequently amusing insights and an affable shagginess.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny

Out of nowhere, Adam Leon might just have delivered the first great New York film of the decade.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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Audience Reviews for Gimme The Loot

Gimme The Loot was a pleasant surprise and a breath of fresh air. A simple, humble and tender premise, a wonderfully subtle relationship and a fun and original story. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. The two relatively unknown leads were perfect in their realistic performances, I don't know if there was adlibbing or a structured script but because I am unsure just goes to show how masterfully crafted this film really is. It's unusual but it's real, something that the industry needs a little bit more of these days. It reminded me of films such as 'Who's That Knocking At My Door', 'Greetings' and 'Permanent Vacation'. We all know what happened to those directors so I nominate Adam Leon as a director to watch and as possibly 'The next big thing'.
March 26, 2014

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'Gimme the Loot'. Three likeable leads including the city of New York, which is very much a character in its own right.
March 26, 2013
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"Gimme the Loot" starts with Sophia(Tashiana Washington) and Malcolm(Ty Hickson) pocketing as many cans of spray paint as they can handle from a hardware store, with Champion(Meeko) driving the getaway car. Their streak of success continues with their tagging a roof with their handles. But then are angry to find the following morning that a competing crew has painted over it. In order to make a name for themselves and to get revenge against them and Mets fans everywhere, Sophia proposes tagging the giant apple in Citi Field which rises every time the Mets hit a home run. And Malcolm has a contact who can let them in. But that's going to take $500 which they don't currently have. So, Sophia goes to collect an unpaid debt while Malcolm goes to see his employer.

"Gimme the Loot" is a funny, vibrant and fresh caper comedy. As this was probably filmed on a limited budget, first time writer-director Adam Leon makes the most of it by showing quite the talent for composing shots. That especially extends to depicting fast-paced New York City where even the largest dreams are possible(although maybe not a large soda in the near future) but don't try to lose sight of what is closest to you. That's true even in a divided city, just not evenly so, as there is some mix between the classes, especially on the subway, Sophia and Malcolm's favorite mode of transportation. And with all of the corporate graffiti we have to deal with every day, what's wrong with a little personal expression? Just don't mind the petty larceny, and enjoy the rocking cool soundtrack.
March 25, 2013
Walter M.

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    1. Malcolm: Yeah, I'll call up Pedro. All we got to do is sneak in and give him 500 dollars.
    2. Sofia: 500 dollars?
    3. Malcolm: Yeah!
    – Submitted by Moe J (9 months ago)
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