July 30, 2012
I admire the ambition. Unfortunately, it's the execution that fails here.
July 30, 2012
The plotting is clumsy, the characterisation scraggy and the dialogue clunky- but you can't accuse Clarke of lacking ambition, even if his film does display a yawning gulf between aspiration and accomplishment.
April 4, 2011
December 17, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
August 20, 2010
A complete absence of wit and some truly terrible writing and acting makes for one bluntly bad movie.
August 18, 2010
There's something a bit off about the whole film for me. It just wasn't making it. It was chaotic without being very illuminating.
June 9, 2010
Like most of those movies that purport to tell it like it is for the fashionably chic young, the result is as cheesy and sentimental as it pretends to be streetwise.
June 7, 2010
Clarke does all he can to grab your attention but then you learn he has nothing worth saying. A big disappointment.
June 7, 2010 is shrill, histrionic and a little bit naff when it could have been cool, hip and exciting.
June 4, 2010
The multithreads, a la Pulp Fiction, weave and collide, but it's all too linear, too telegraphed, its influences too obvious, its edges sanded down by compromise.
June 3, 2010
It brings me no joy to say it, but Clarke's filmmaking is like a narcissistic strut from someone who needs to brush up on walking.
June 3, 2010
The dialogue's clunky and the ludicrous plot is full of holes. It's a great relief when real talent like Ben Miller appear -- but he's only in it for a couple of minutes.
June 3, 2010
Paragraph after paragraph can be spent dissecting the flaws, the portrayal of men as either evil or nerdish, and the cringeworthy decision to make the lead actresses all strip down to their skimpies at various stages of the movie.
June 3, 2010
Noel Clarke, blowing his promise as the debut director of Kidulthood, blends youth romp with international thriller.
June 3, 2010
There's an interesting idea in this film, as we watch four people over the same three days while their experiences converge into one story. But the plot is riddled with holes and filmmaker Clarke strains to hold it together.
May 28, 2010
This is energetic, pulpy exploitation from the UK that might just claim back a small corner of the multiplex audience from the relentless onslaught of cynical Hollywood garbage. And for that at least, can't be dismissed as all bad. Just mostly.
May 28, 2010
This film whooshes wildly all over the place, and it's got plenty of energy, but nothing about it is convincing for a single moment, and the acting is on the torpid side.
May 28, 2010
No, it's definitely a zero.
May 27, 2010
It's about as substantial as a layer of lipstick, but while you shake your head at its arrant silliness, the film's brazen cheek still raises a smile.