Somers Town (2009)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic 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.


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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Fraser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 31, 2009
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Somers Town

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (17)

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Luke Baldock

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