Shifty

Shifty

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Shifty Reviews

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

As art, Shifty is unoriginal and tedious. I find it difficult to imagine who would pay to see this for entertainment.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

April 24, 2009
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

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 Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 3.0/5

October 18, 2012
Robbie Collin
News of the World

It's sharp, smart and incredibly funny. But most importantly it's real, with none of the macho gangsta posturing that often makes tough, yoof-centric drama look like a lazy British retread of Grand Theft Auto.

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

April 24, 2009
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

An impressive, energetic debut that will leave you with a taste for more.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

October 15, 2008
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Shifty boasts convincing performances, even-handed characterisation, creeping suspense and energy to burn.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

April 24, 2009
Karl French
Financial Times

It is all done with conviction, is well acted, particularly by the two leads, and is a brisk, promising debut for Creevy.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2009
Ellen E Jones
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2009
Anthony Quinn
Independent

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2009
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

April 24, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2009
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine

Good central performances in this highly, entertaining character-driven debut.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

The production values are lo-fi but spirited performances, matey humour and an edgy authenticity carry the story.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2009
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2009
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 24, 2009
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Emotionally engaging, impressively directed and sharply written debut feature that side-steps many of the usual urban drama cliches and features terrific central performances.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2009

A tightly-structured, hard-working thriller with a raw feel for character and place, and an optimistic outlook on the need for friendship and taking responsibility for one's actions.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 28, 2009
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2009

Variety
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February 23, 2012
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