Cherry Tree Lane (2010)


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A couple is terrorized by a gang who is hunting their son.

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Critic Reviews for Cherry Tree Lane

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

The film flounders under the weight of two underwhelming and prickly protagonists who are as illogical as they are unlikable

Mar 6, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

... A technically proficient and psychologically aware piece of class baiting ...

Jun 30, 2011 | Full Review…

Slickly made but ultimately pointless, this film is rescued by skillful direction and excellent actors who invest a fearless authenticity into their roles. It's just a shame that there's nothing very meaningful beneath the surface.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A gruelling suspenser told in real time, flecked with a darkly comic sensibility and a smattering of class-war critique.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Taut, tightly-plotted and at times confronting, it'll have you gripping the arm of your seat and double-locking the door.

Sep 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Impressively directed, superbly acted thriller that's both suspenseful and horrifying, though the decision to keep all the violence offscreen won't work for everyone.

Sep 4, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cherry Tree Lane

An hour and 17 minutes of my life wasted.

Beth Murphy
Beth Murphy

Super Reviewer

Superbly directed and acted home-invasion thriller that's over in a brisk 75 minutes. It's like Funny Games without the breaking of the 4th wall or the "aren't I clever, and aren't you sick" audience winking. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and that's about it, and the lack of point means it only really works as a technical exercise.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

Williams tackles a growing media preoccupation in the UK, namely knife wielding yoofs, but pushes it into the face of the cosy middle classes with a worthy follow up to 'London to Brighton' (lets just ignore 'The Cottage'). What the film does well is to capture how quickly a calm suburban evening can be destroyed by the wrong knock at the door. Williams cleverly contrasts the attackers and their prey and it has a much more authentic feel than say Haneke's 'Funny Games'. Most of the violence is heard off-screen or through the results which disturbingly makes your mind fill in the blanks. The central lull in proceedings actually becomes tense as you and the characters wait for the promised grisly end.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

"Cherry Tree Lane" has many similarities to "Eden Lake" but it is clear that the director was very influenced by "Funny Games" and the way it was shot by Haneke. All of the action is restricted to the interior of the house at the fateful address, generating considerable claustrophobic. There is not on screen violence but it is still intense at times and sometimes difficult to watch, and it truly offers no respite by the end. The acting is very believable and the movie seems like a real event that anyone can go through in a routine and ordinary day.

John Me
John Me

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