Sweet Sixteen Reviews

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 13, 2003
Director Ken Loach often examines the lives of Britain's downtrodden, but in Sweet Sixteen his bleakness becomes too familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 20, 2003
[Liam's] bleak story is a compelling one, but more tiring than inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Anchored by the amazing Martin Compston, a 17-year-old professional footballer who successfully navigates every turn in his character's emotional journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2003
The movie's performances have a simplicity and accuracy that is always convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 13, 2003
Yes, this is a political movie (at least it has a political viewpoint), but, more than that, it's a character study of an individual who will not easily be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 22, 2003
It has a humane grasp of the pleasures kids create even under hellish conditions and of their adaptive capacity to craft a life out of the materials available.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 8, 2003
Loach tends to get a little preachy, but his skill is undeniable. His messages strike harsh and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2002
Campston, who has never acted before, is a natural.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 27, 2003
[I]t's a tough film to watch, but so well done.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 20, 2003
It may be Loach's saddest film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 6, 2003
A classic.
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
June 13, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 6, 2003
Resembles classics like Hawks' Scarface, Walsh's White Heat, and any of a handful of James Cagney or Edward G. Robinson gangster films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
October 8, 2003
Sweet Sixteen is a wonderfully bittersweet effort, and one of Loach's best works.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 3, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This film resonates with truth and feeling without ever preaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
April 24, 2003
While Larry Clark sensationalizes the plight of children, British neo-realist Ken Loach merely presents. His portraits of the working class don't condescend to the struggles and determinations of working class life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 20, 2003
Sweet Sixteen is a gritty film directed by Ken Loach about the spiritual dynamics of hope in the life of a resourceful and brave teenager living in poverty in Glasgow, Scotland.
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
May 29, 2003
At once a well spun story, a poignant and moving character study, and an indictment of contemporary society's indifference to the plight of the underprivileged.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 5, 2003
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Movie Gurus
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October 6, 2002

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November 19, 2002

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January 18, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
April 4, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 3, 2003
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