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Somers Town (2009)


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 51
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Shane Meadows hits the spot with this short but sweet slice of good natured comedy, surprisingly, as it's essentially an extended black & white advert for a train station.

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: Shane Meadows hits the spot with this short but sweet slice of good natured comedy, surprisingly, as it's essentially an extended black & white advert for a train station.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 19,006




Movie Info

Dead Man's Shoes and This Is England director Shane Meadows takes the helm for this monochromatic childhood drama concerning two young friends living in London, and their efforts not to turn out like their aimless fathers. Tomo has just turned 16, and as a result he's no longer under parental care. Eager to escape the Midlands and seek out a better life in London, Tomo sets out for the big city and strikes up a friendship with Polish immigrant Marek while traversing the streets of Somers Town. … More

Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Fraser
In Theaters:
Dec 31, 2009
Film Movement - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Somers Town

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (2) | DVD (2)

Turgoose continues to convince as a kid whose personality wavers daily if not hourly, while Jagiello playfully suggests that Marek is becoming the perfect straight man.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Somers Town is a small-scale jewel that will surprise you with its buoyant look at blighted lives.

Full Review… | August 28, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Somers Town is a funny and endearing character comedy whose extra-brief, 70-minute running time proves perfectly adequate for its slender, episodic story.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

However thin, the story of these rootless youths, estranged from mothers and native cities, has a certain universality and appeal.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A small but important film about small but important lives, the latest drama from Shane Meadows further confirms that more people should know about this gifted director.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It is proof that there are all sorts of teenage lives going on in Britain, and sometimes, their most magical moments take place on dead-end streets.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Shares a gentle, observant tone with the early films of Ken Loach.

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
East Bay Express

A verite touch of observation, Somers Town is kind and airy, a perfect cinematic meal for someone in need of small pleasures, explored through Meadows's undeniable taste in locations and near-masterful work with actors.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010

...Meadows' method of working with improvised scenes shot in long takes gives it a sense of emotional truth which is lacking in many more ambitious films.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009

Nothing much happens, but its workaday plot lines are universally relatable -- the key to keeping this slight film engaging.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Washington City Paper

Somers Town is gentle, funny, blue-collar humanism, much like the early films of Ken Loach.

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Meadows gives his film so much forward thrust it feels like a road movie as it follows the ramblings of his two young leads.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Reeling Reviews

Shot in the same beautifully desolate black-and-white as Meadows' boxing film TwentyFourSeven, Somers Town takes on the feel of dreamlike instant nostalgia.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

As in all of Meadows's films, Somers Town emphasizes the importance of character and particularly of camaraderie amongst male characters--here, teenagers who nick clothes from the local laundry, get drunk in the park, and furtively investigate masculinity

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
Reverse Shot times reminiscent of "Y Tu Mama Tambien."

Full Review… | August 6, 2009
Movie Dearest

What Somers Town lacks in story arc, it makes up for in charm, as Meadows and company create an endearing and thoroughly enjoyable portrait of a young British bromance.

Full Review… | July 21, 2009

It may seem slight but Meadows is a master of the art of revealing human foibles and weaknesses, which means the film lingers long after its extremely modest running time. A wee gem.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

Somers Town is not Shane Meadows' best film, but it has his finest qualities: an appreciation of British working-class life as detailed as Ken Loach's, characterizations as realistic as Mike Leigh's and an interest in adolescent male impudence and longing

Full Review… | July 15, 2009
New York Press

Audience Reviews for Somers Town

Well..this is a fine example of a really nice little film that I'm not sure why I liked. But I did. Alot. I thought that the antics of these two boys were really entertaining. I like the whole feel of the movie, soundtrack and all.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I love Shane Meadows, like I've said countless times, he is a savour to British film. In Somers Town he takes it down a notch after the success of This is England, a well thought out move, admirable and wise. It's a shame then that what could have been a sweet little film turns out to be so disappointing. Its got the great Perry Benson in a supporting role and young Thomas Turgoose is maturing into a great actor. I also liked the scenes with the Polish Father and Son, I thought they were quite sweet and touching. On the whole however, Somers Town is totally lacking in magic, or at least the comforting feel of Meadows's previous work. It's not at all bad, it's just nothing special.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


A much anticipated film for me and yet another great performance from Thomas Turgoose, who proves yet again his natural acting abilities.

The story is kind of slow moving, but has the harsh reality we?ve all come to know as Shane Meadows trademark, not quite ?Dead Man?s Shoes? or ?This is England? yet a storyline which draws you in and focuses on the friendship of two boys drawn together by each of their own lonely circumstances.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


Short, sweet and simple. Meadows does the intelligent thing of actually dialing it down a notch after This is England. It's a brief view of two very different boys that start a unique friendship. The film makes enough comments on life in England. It also works as a bridge between immigrants and natives. A London set Stand By Me with affecting emotional performances and enough comedy to keep it light and fresh.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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