Cemetery Junction

2010

Cemetery Junction

Critics Consensus

It fails to challenge the well-established conventions of its storyline, but Cemetery Junction benefits from the genuine warmth of its script, as well as its refusal to give in to cheap nostalgia.

54%

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Total Count: 39

63%

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User Ratings: 13,689
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Playing out against the glamorous backdrop of Reading, England, during the 1970s, Cemetery Junction (a nod to the stretch of road of the same name) focuses on a small group of colorful characters who work for an insurance company. Written, directed, and produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the film marks the duo's first collaboration for the big screen and features a cast that includes the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, and Gervais himself.

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Critic Reviews for Cemetery Junction

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (6)

  • Disappointing tale of '70s youngsters devoid of wit or insight.

    Aug 10, 2010 | Full Review…
  • It's a strange hybrid of a film, boasting loudmouth boorishness instead of wit, and fortune-cookie schmaltz instead of heart.

    Aug 10, 2010 | Full Review…

    Andrew Barker

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Cemetery Junction successfully creates a visual tone for itself, then, when it comes to dialogue and plot, it goes ahead to make a different film altogether.

    Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It is entertaining as far as it goes, but it would have to be fully and Gervaisishly funny, or else fully nasty, vinegary and sad before everyone involved was, to coin a phrase, up the junction.

    Apr 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's refreshing to see a mainstream British film with the ambition to strut its stuff on studio terms.

    Apr 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • In its closing moments, Cemetery Junction is both youthfully optimistic and intelligently mature. But by then it's pretty much dead and buried.

    Apr 14, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Cemetery Junction

  • Jan 24, 2012
    A group of friends tired of their suffocating existence in a working class suburb in the 1970s look for ways to escape to a better life. Cemetery Junction is very much a nostalgic trip back in time to a period when an aspirational working class looked to escape their roots, only to be restricted by their own lack of exposure to a world they had no experience of. It's strange to think how over a few short years the internet has transformed the world in this way; the working classes of the 70s were mired in "I expect my dinner on the table" sexism and racism born of ignorance rather than malice simply because they knew no better. Christian Cooke's central character represents the hopes and dreams of a young man wanting more than a life spent at a soul destroying factory job but soon realises that a life at a soul destroying office job doesn't seem much more appealing despite the carrot of the trappings of the upper middle class. The support provided by a very charismatic and chiselled Tom Hughes seems like the first steps of a future star and Gervais' hilariously ignorant 70s family provide some very funny moments. Very much in the same vein as the sitcoms of Clement and Frenais, it may stick to a well worn formula of feelgood romanticism but it has enough in the way of well observed comedy and likeable characters to make you enjoy the journey. Shane Meadows lite.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2011
    Not bad, story set in the 70's about a group of friends and their lives. Nothing you won't have seen before, and I have seen the whole 70's setting done to better effect, but it's an undemanding movie with a few laughs and a few sweet moments in it too. Nice to watch on a dull weekend.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2011
    Captures only a part of the 70s in England, but captures it well, unfortunately it aims it at a large audience so probably has bad reviews. I cant believe the soundtrack, cus I hate most those songs, but together they worked well for an OST.
    Alexander W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2011
    "Cemetery Junction" starts with Freddie Taylor(Christian Cooke) being hired by Kendrick(Ralph Fiennes) to be trained by Mike Ramsay(Matthew Goode) to sell life insurance. This helps Freddie's plan to avoid the factory where his father(Ricky Gervais, who wrote and directed with Stephen Merchant) toils for one of his two jobs. However, it does not go well at first as Freddie has trouble persuading his pal Brian(David Earl) that life insurance is more important than porn. Freddie's other friends are not faring any better as Bruce(Tom Hughes) works in a factory while living with his alcoholic father(Francis Magee). At the same time, Snork(Jack Doolan) probably should never take off his shirt in public again, thereby severely limiting his social life. At least, Freddie renews the acquaintance of Julie(Felicity Jones), his childhood sweetheart who is also Kendrick's daughter and Mike's fiancee. While "Cemetery Junction" is an engaging movie with likable performances from its young cast, it also suffers from haphazard editing with sudden plot shifts throughout and one scene that goes on forever that fails in its attempt to be the climax. So while the movie might seem forced and cliched at times(especially the soundtrack), it actually has more important things on its mind as it gives fresh perspective to what it truly means to be an adult which lends a great deal of emotional depth to the proceedings. The guys have a decision to make as they are confronted by possible future versions of themselves, with only two readily apparent choices, both of which are traps.(Kendrick is from the same neighborhood as Freddie and might see part of himself in the young man.) Thankfully, this is not only limited to the men, as Julie's fate is also on the line. So, it should come as no surprise that the ending feels familiar but also with a twist, allowing the characters to comment on the silliness of it all.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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