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London River Reviews

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London River effectively sidesteps direct comment and full-blown tragedy in favour of mild melodrama and a heartening dose of diversity-studies sermonising.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 15, 2010
Adam Nayman

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

January 14, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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"London River'' features on-target acting by its two leads, but they receive scant support from the wobbly plot.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2011
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

This is a noble tribute to a day we all witnessed five years ago, and pray we will never see again.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 16, 2010
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

A low key drama about parental instincts crossing international/cultural/religious boundaries as well as a haunting reminder about how little we know our children once they've fled the nest, London River feels unexpectedly one-dimensional.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film is a matter of Brenda Blethyn's performance vs. Sotigui Kouyate's presence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 16, 2012
Pete Hammond
Back Stage

An engrossing and engaging drama with two fine performances by two veteran actors.

Full Review Source: Back Stage | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2009
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Although the film occasionally cuts away to contextualized clips from news reports, it keeps its focus small-scale, filtering the world historical through the intimately personal.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 4, 2011
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Powerful. Director Rachid Bouchareb draws excellent, haunting performances from Blethyn and Kouyate. Ultimately moving and cautionary, "London River" shouldn't be missed.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B+

December 16, 2011
Nora Lee Mandel

[T]wo strangers surprisingly find that horror makes the globalization of terror very personal [with] Blethyn's convincing performance [as] a desperate mother.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

December 9, 2011
Mike Scott

There isn't a whole lot of nuance in writer-director Rachid Bouchareb's unapologetically political story. But Blethyn's performance ultimately draws viewers in.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

January 23, 2012
Clay Cane

Bouchareb's greatest accomplishment is successfully tackling class, grief and Islamophobia.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

December 7, 2011
Robbie Collin
News of the World

There's only been one 7/7 film before this -- the shrill nonsense-fest that was Incendiary. Thankfully, this is much better.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2010
Mark R. Leeper
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Though the arc of the story is fairly predictable, Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate bring humanity to their roles.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 8/10

March 7, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Old fashioned and low key, London River feels like a dour kitchen sink chamber piece from the Sixties.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2010
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Bouchareb brings a measured hand to this intimate, occasionally overdetermined sketch of the aloneness at the center of our global confluence.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 6, 2011
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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In the film's latter stages, Blethyn's heart-on-the-sleeve acting style finally combines with the marvellous Kouyaté's watchful intelligence and frail dignity to moving effect.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Quiet and contained, this film feels like a TV movie due to its somewhat gentle look at a serious issue. But there's real strength in its performances

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An engaging morality play about the quest of an English woman and an African Muslim to find their children after the 2005 terrorist attack in London.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Demonstrates how great acting can infuse a banal, politically correct drama with dollops of emotional truth.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2011
Kevin Jagernauth
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December 9, 2011
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