Attack the Block Reviews

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October 7, 2013
Attack the Block is essentially an action thriller and as such is effective.
September 2, 2011
Here is a shaggy monster movie that pulls double-duty as a satire of class and ethnic barriers, and how those barriers quickly disappear when we are forced to fight for our simple survival.
August 26, 2011
Attack the Block attacks the alien invasion genre with wit, energy and a cheeky insolence that makes it out of this world.
August 26, 2011
An energetic genre ride with social ambitions about race and class.
August 19, 2011
"Attack the Block" demands to be seen simply because it is a thrill - a pulse-raiser whose perfect construction and pointed wit make it one of the year's most exciting films.
August 18, 2011
The movie's amateurishly made. But the script is full of little surprises.
February 28, 2019
Stands on its own two feet amongst the usual Brit comedy suspects, which is largely due to its cast of unknowns.
January 8, 2019
Attack the Block is one of the funniest films of the year, an even bigger achievement when you realize that almost all the young actors in it are making their feature debuts.
August 30, 2018
Look, this is a nicely performed film which is kept quick and tight, but for a comic horror it's just not funny or horrifying enough.
August 24, 2018
Boyega couldn't have picked a better debut; Cornish created a film that busts out of the grimy estate kitchen sink drama that has made up a large proportion of British cinema for a long time.
May 21, 2018
Every Hollywood screenwriter should be tied to a chair and forced to watch this.
March 22, 2018
For a movie filled with funny moments and low-budget, puppetish aliens, the film packs a lot of insight into its premise.
March 16, 2018
Independent cinema with a retro touch. [Full review in Spanish]
January 26, 2018
Writer/director Joe Cornish chooses snarky attitude over genuine personality and scrambles the script by adding an ineffective side story about a drug deal gone bad.
December 15, 2017
Attack the Block is a prime example of what Kent Jones perceptively noted regarding John Carpenter's They Live, the B-movie's ability to penetrate working-class strife while working within unpretentious genre frames.
October 24, 2017
As a debut feature film for Cornish, as the first break for its young star Boyega, as a throwback creature-feature and as a genre/comedy, Attack the Block just works.
September 8, 2017
Not only is Attack the Block wickedly entertaining, but it's also well-written, suspenseful, whip-smart and moves rocket fast.
August 21, 2017
Kudos to the extremely clever writer-director Joe Cornish, who understands that the only way that action/horror films have an impact is when the audience is made to feel something for the people getting obliterated on screen.
June 13, 2016
The premise is outlandish, the special effects simple, and the cast largely unknown. But Cornish has kept his film short and sharp and given us characters we want to see survive. The result is a blast.
November 23, 2014
Attack the Block lingers with you. Cornish is a formidable filmmaker and Boyega is an outstanding talent.
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