'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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A thousand-watt jolt of mischief, a spunky, funky, ebullient indie that packs its 81 minutes with cinematic exhilaration.
| Original Score: 3/4
It may be a slight movie, but it has its sunny charms.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
"Gimme the Loot" shouldn't be as appealing and exuberant as it is, it really shouldn't.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson are terrific in the main roles. So is Zoë Lescaze as Ginnie, a spoiled white kid who teaches the taggers a thing or two about drift and being dissolute.
Small but bursting with energy.
There's barely enough narrative to sustain even an 81-minute picture, yet a sweet spirit buoys this quick-witted, amiably foul-mouthed indie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This is a simple, meandering, slice-of-life indie film that feels more authentic than most "gritty" New York films with infinitely larger budgets.
The idea is good but the result is saccharine; the movie plays more like an outline that's still awaiting its point of view.
... 'Gimme the Loot' isn't the kind of film where a lot happens, but that's it's small-scale magic ...
| Original Score: 4/5
"Gimme the Loot" winds up as a shaggy-dog story built largely out of digressions, but the punch line is tender, as is Leon's attitude toward being young and poor in New York.
A warm and wonderfully discursive slice-of-life story, with an emphasis on language and local color and a great feel for the longings of working-class adolescents.
Sofia is intense and unsmiling, while Malcolm is a charming, goofy chatterbox, and they make a vivid impression, even without spray paint.
Director Adam Leon, 31, has slyly and reverentially crafted a perfect New York movie, including the class tensions, relentless hustling and spontaneous connections that best define the exuberant strain of the city.
Want a bracing alternative to the usual Hollywood swill? Try Gimme the Loot, a fresh, funky jolt of filmmaking joy.
Adam Leon has created something unique and current, with affectionate nods to New York films of the past.
| Original Score: 4/4
It's a triumph of the underdog in more ways than one. And that final shot would make Ozu beam.
Leon's grungy résumé indie is a modest deal, with a sweet, mumblecore-style ending, but it glows with unmistakable star power.
I see so many independent movies that sometimes, when an indie movie comes along that really is independent -- that is to say, when it offers up a fresh new way of seeing -- I blink twice.
| Original Score: A-
Does it sound patronizing to call a slice-of-life film about teenage Bronx graffiti artists adorable? It's not meant to.
The stakes may be low, but the experience is authentic ...