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Brakes is a raw, dark and unconventional comedy. Split into two halves it follows the tumultuous stories of nine couples, plunging straight into the brutal and absurd endings of their relationships first, before travelling back to the moments when the spark of love between them first emerged. Using London as their match-maker, each of their stories is unique yet familiar to us all.


Critic Reviews for Brakes

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

  • By turns utterly charming and inherently shambolic, this no-budget feature-directing debut from the actress Mercedes Grower is an ambitious trawl through London love lives, with a bonus structural gimmick.

    Nov 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Charming and could easily have been brilliant, if only it had been more concise.

    Nov 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Full of wry observations on the way Londoners connect (and disconnect), 'Brakes' could be the perfect final date movie.

    Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's main strength is its ability to create contained, plausible realities for each of its relationships, even if one or two of them suffer from idiot-hipster gestures

    Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • The script is wobbly at times and certain scenarios feel contrived, but Brakes manages to be charming nonetheless.

    Feb 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A brilliantly conceived examination of that moment when relationships either work - or don't work. The end result is fascinating and unique.

    Aug 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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