London River effectively sidesteps direct comment and full-blown tragedy in favour of mild melodrama and a heartening dose of diversity-studies sermonising.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
| Original Score: 2/5
"London River'' features on-target acting by its two leads, but they receive scant support from the wobbly plot.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film is a matter of Brenda Blethyn's performance vs. Sotigui Kouyate's presence.
| Original Score: 3/4
An engrossing and engaging drama with two fine performances by two veteran actors.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Powerful. Director Rachid Bouchareb draws excellent, haunting performances from Blethyn and Kouyate. Ultimately moving and cautionary, "London River" shouldn't be missed.
| Original Score: B+
[T]wo strangers surprisingly find that horror makes the globalization of terror very personal [with] Blethyn's convincing performance [as] a desperate mother.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
Bouchareb's greatest accomplishment is successfully tackling class, grief and Islamophobia.
There's only been one 7/7 film before this -- the shrill nonsense-fest that was Incendiary. Thankfully, this is much better.
Though the arc of the story is fairly predictable, Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate bring humanity to their roles.
| Original Score: 8/10
Old fashioned and low key, London River feels like a dour kitchen sink chamber piece from the Sixties.
Bouchareb brings a measured hand to this intimate, occasionally overdetermined sketch of the aloneness at the center of our global confluence.
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.
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
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.
Demonstrates how great acting can infuse a banal, politically correct drama with dollops of emotional truth.