Shifty Reviews

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Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
October 18, 2012
Shifty is low-key, low budget, but high grade. It's a film about sitting and talking. And drug dealing. It builds slowly - some may want more action, but it has a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
April 28, 2009
The dialogue is a nice mix of Pinteresque menace, drug lingo, laddism and cracking one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2009
The film has a sense of authenticity and there's no sentimental suggestion that Shifty's way of life is the inevitable result of his background.
Neil Smith
Heat Magazine
April 25, 2009
Moving, gripping and funny, this is a homegrown gem you can't help taking to your heart.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 25, 2009
For a debut feature, Eran Creevy's semi-autobiographical drama shows a remarkably light touch, set in an anonymous London suburbia far removed from stereotypical East End of the wideboy film tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ellen E Jones
Total Film
April 25, 2009
Mercifully free of Danny Dyer cameos or Guy Ritchie mockneyisms, this works as both an entertaining gangster thriller and a hard-hitting piece of social realism. Absorbing, moving and authentic, Shifty never once strikes a false note.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 24, 2009
Creevy eschews the woozy, arthouse ambience of Duane Hopkins' Better Things - another portrait of a drug-decimated community - for naturalistic dialogue and performances within carefully framed and composed shots; properly cinematic, grown-up direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
April 24, 2009
Good central performances in this highly, entertaining character-driven debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Wally Hammond
Time Out
April 24, 2009
Creevy's fine ear for dialogue, sensitive and productive direction of actors and confident control of tone is all the more impressive for being delivered under the short schedule and tight budgetary exigencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
April 24, 2009
The production values are lo-fi but spirited performances, matey humour and an edgy authenticity carry the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 24, 2009
First-time director Eran Creevy kicks things up a notch with this shrewd and engaging drama, achieved on the smallest of budgets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 24, 2009
Written and directed by first-timer Eran Creevy, this quiet piece is mostly convincing in its mundane details, and doesn't feel the need to ramp up its plot too precipitately into guns and threats and spiralling vendetta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
April 24, 2009
Shifty boasts convincing performances, even-handed characterisation, creeping suspense and energy to burn.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 24, 2009
As art, Shifty is unoriginal and tedious. I find it difficult to imagine who would pay to see this for entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 24, 2009
It doesn't hit home quite like it should, but director Eran Creevy deserves credit for delivering something better than the usual Brit gruel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sun Online
April 24, 2009
First-time writer and director Eran Creevy delivers a film full of uneasy silences, punctuated by laddish banter and just enough action to keep you gripped.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Karl French
Financial Times
April 24, 2009
It is all done with conviction, is well acted, particularly by the two leads, and is a brisk, promising debut for Creevy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
April 24, 2009
Drug crime on the outskirts of London sounds neither promising nor original, but Eran Creevy's debut feature is more character study than the usual Britcrim parade of guns and geezers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 24, 2009
The story may not be entirely unfamiliar but writer/director Eran Creevy transforms autobiographical material into an engaging, energetic little drama that is full of promise.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 24, 2009
Couched in a kind of Pinteresque slum language that needs a glossary to be totally intelligible, the film boasts an authenticity and wholly natural performances, particularly from Mays, and is devoid of the usual clichés of its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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