Cemetery Junction Reviews

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
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.
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 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.
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 16, 2010
The plot ambles and Gervais and Merchant can't resist neatly tying up every loose end in a manner which strains credibility. Their dramatic crescendo is a mother pouring a cup of tea.
April 15, 2010
There are huge tracts of ineloquent dialogue while we wonder where the film is going.
April 15, 2010
Mean-spirited humour alternates with sentimental didacticism; sitcom jostles with melodrama; lazy shorthand is punctuated by explicitness.
April 15, 2010
This tale has been told so many times that it demands a spark of invention or originality to spice things up, but Cemetery Junction sticks slavishly to story conventions, with nothing new or imaginative to say about the subject.
April 14, 2010
In its closing moments, Cemetery Junction is both youthfully optimistic and intelligently mature. But by then it's pretty much dead and buried.
April 14, 2010
A major disappointment, but not an entirely surprising one.