Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 23, 2008
Grumpy Glaswegians going at it are once again the focus of David ("Young Adam") Mackenzie's bleak and dreary -- but not wholly uninteresting -- drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Bell was a decent kid actor and a terrific dancer in Billy Elliot, but he's grown into a really first-rate actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 9, 2008
It's a coming of age you can believe in.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
September 26, 2008
This Scottish film often pushes for realism, though its stylish tones fall back on whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 18, 2008
[Director David] Mackenzie has reined in the strangeness to deliver a conventional, if better than average, mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 12, 2008
By the end of "Hallam Foe," you've nearly forgotten his all-too-regular boy development. Now you're wondering, what's Kate doing when he's not looking?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kam Williams
EURWeb
September 6, 2008
Jamie Bell in his most memorable outing since Billy Elliot, as a Peeping Tom acting upon Oedipal urges in a dysfunctional family drama from Scotland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
September 5, 2008
A worthy addition to Holden Caulfield's coming-of-age subgenre of off-kilter teenage boys let loose in big cities. Bell and Myles give terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2008
Although it's nice to see Mackenzie find uplift in the erotic, what helps drive Mister Foe is how deftly he turns chasm into intimacy between Bell and Myles, both of whom give sharply observed, charismatic portrayals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 5, 2008
Jamie Bell has his best role since Billy Elliot in Mister Foe, a darkly comic tale of a twisted teen on the cusp of adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Grant Butler
Oregonian
September 5, 2008
Director David Mackenzie's complex story is never sure exactly what tone to strike.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 5, 2008
Mister Foe is infused with enough macabre and comical touches to prevent it from sliding into clinical sensationalism.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
September 5, 2008
There's a chance that Bell's strong work could turn this into a cult item.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 4, 2008
An engrossing, provocative drama, the feature sniffs out just the right level of lurid behavior to keep the viewer in concert with the mounting domestic woes. It's a feature of unpredicted, and quite thrilling, discomfort.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2008
It's a showy part, but the movie ably supports it with splendid use of Edinburgh, Scotland's cityscapes, a basket full of startling surprises in the screenplay and characters without a fleck of sentimentality.
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
September 3, 2008
What makes Mister Foe such unlikely fun is Bell's accomplished smart-ass routine and Mackenzie's blithe attitude toward taboos.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 2, 2008
A striking film but certainly more of one that grows on you rather than one that's immediately compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 2, 2008
Mister Foe flirts too often with the unlikely and the foolish, yet there is something to admire in the nerve of its reckless characters, so uneasy in their skins.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 22, 2008
Equal parts sweet and perverse, this Scottish film is unpredictable in places where it might be twee, and subversively fanciful in others where it might be punishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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