Cemetery Junction

2010

Cemetery Junction (2010)

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Critic 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.

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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 (3)

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…
Variety
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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…
Time Out
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An uncomfortable compromise between the evident comic talents that brought Gervais to the fore in the first place, and the commercial apparatus that his popularity has invited

Nov 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

For all its flaws, Cemetery Junction left me with a smile on my face having been both emotionally affected and uplifted.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gervais now seems adrift in some kind of sub, sub, sub Richard Curtis land, where character, mood and plot are simply thrown out the window and to hell with it.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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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 Xx
xGary Xx

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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 Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

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 Wilson
Alexander Wilson

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½

I grew up in the 70's, and I have to admit that I really seem to like movies based in that decade...especially when it revolves around young adults. This movie was no exception. Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Merchant, did a fantastic job on this enjoyable little film. Heartwarming, funny, and life lessons revealed here. Fantastic ending, also. Kudos!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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