Gimme The Loot Reviews

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Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 22, 2013
What gets this slight episodic film to first base is the likability shown by the non-professional leads.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Max Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
When the next American new wave rolls around, it'll be thanks to moments like these, and movies like Gimme the Loot.
James Mottram
Total Film
August 28, 2013
Full of ear-pleasing lines and obscure R&B tunes, it's colourful, casual and full of flavour. An unexpected treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
About.com
July 12, 2013
Every bit as charming and joyful as it is profane, affectionately portraying a slice of life that feels both exotic and recognizable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 1, 2013
Has the mischievous energy and vivid sense of place that distinguished an earlier era of New York cinema...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Monica Riese
Austin Chronicle
May 17, 2013
First-time feature director Adam Leon's shots are precise and full of detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 5, 2013
The film's strong suit is its use of locations.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
May 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
It's a great deal of fun, emotionally touching, and even surprisingly old-fashioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Jones
Film4
May 2, 2013
Endlessly entertaining, refreshingly light-hearted and bursting with summer soul, Gimme The Loot joins the pantheon of great New York movies.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 2, 2013
Isn't cinema wonderful?
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
May 2, 2013
Out of nowhere, Adam Leon might just have delivered the first great New York film of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 2, 2013
Charming and engaging low-budget indie with a witty script, likeable characters, a strong sense of time and place and a pair of terrific performances from its two young leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 28, 2013
Funny and freewheeling, it's a joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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