Cemetery Junction Reviews

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October 28, 2019
Although this appears to start out as a straightforward 70s pastiche... underneath the obvious jokes there is a charming and involving coming of age tale, made all the more appealing thanks to a well-chosen cast.
November 10, 2018
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
November 5, 2018
For all its flaws, Cemetery Junction left me with a smile on my face having been both emotionally affected and uplifted.
August 30, 2018
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.
August 23, 2018
Not funny enough to be a great comedy or impactful enough to be an emotive drama, this inoffensive, lightly amusing story drifts along without much sense of purpose.
September 28, 2012
The period setting has been captured to a tee; it's all red bricks, ghastly wallpaper, casual racism and cut-glass fruitbowls. Everything is viewed through a haze of cigarette smoke. It's little wonder the kids want out.
March 14, 2011
Gervais has come up with a surprisingly conservative coming-of-age comedy that shows very little of the satirical bite or formal daring of the TV shows that made his name.
December 25, 2010
As filmmakers, Gervais and Merchant find a rhythm technically that makes the fact they never find the balance between humor and heart that they've achieved in the past even more of a disappointment.
November 23, 2010
Gervais and Merchant's previous projects mastered the tightrope walk between comic cruelty and earnest drama. With Cemetery Junction, they waver wildly, unveiling some of their ugliest jokes and most saccharine emotional moments to date.
September 4, 2010
Beware the comic creators who decide they want to be taken "seriously."
August 30, 2010
A humble riff on the well-worn coming-of-age film. [Blu-ray]
August 10, 2010
Disappointing tale of '70s youngsters devoid of wit or insight.
August 10, 2010
It's a strange hybrid of a film, boasting loudmouth boorishness instead of wit, and fortune-cookie schmaltz instead of heart.
June 28, 2010
An unabashedly feel-good and identifiable crowdpleaser.
April 22, 2010
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.
April 22, 2010
There's a strong autobiographical tone to this British period drama, and the cast is very good. But by never focussing the story in a meaningful way, the film pales in comparison to its nearest predecessor, An Education.
April 21, 2010
While Remi Adefarasin's cinematography gives the picture a superficially cinematic sheen, this is essentially small-minded fare, unimaginative in its ambitions and clumsy in its execution.
April 21, 2010
This is a passable, mildly diverting, coming-of-age Brit-flick. Coming from the Gervais/Merchant stable though, it's a frustrating let-down after past successes.
April 19, 2010
A first feature that is far from perfect but has its heart in all the right places.
April 19, 2010
A romanticised but still truthful look at how difficult it is to cut the ties to the hometown of your childhood and actually strike out on your own...
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