Cherrybomb

2009

Cherrybomb

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A teenage seductress pits two best friends against one another over the course of steamy summer that quickly spins out of control. Luke (Robert Sheehan) and Malachy (Rupert Grint) were best friends until Michelle (Kimberly Nixon) came into the picture. Fearless, free spirited, and drop dead gorgeous, she's just returned to Belfast to live with her father (James Nesbitt) when she catches the attention of studious teen Malachy. But Malachy isn't the only one with eyes for Michelle; his rebellious best friend Luke (Sheehan) finds her just as irresistible, and before long the two pals have entered into a heated competition for her affections. As the summer heats up, so does their rivalry, leading to a tense showdown that soon threatens to turn deadly. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Cherrybomb

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (7)

  • A valiant effort, but a little too yoof by numbers to be taken seriously.

    May 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a pity this reasonably polished slice of Skins-style youthsploitation makes such a fake and undangerous lurch into pills-and-vandalism melodrama.

    May 13, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's cheering to see a Northern Irish story moving beyond the Troubles, but the merely adequate theatrics on display aren't noteworthy in themselves. Grint looks set for better things.

    May 13, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The rookie helmers and screenwriter Daragh Carville ("Middletown") provide enough window dressing to keep most auds entertained.

    October 22, 2010 | Full Review…

    Boyd van Hoeij

    Variety
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  • A few flashy visual tricks aside, putting 'bomb' in their title is the only truly risqué thing about Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn's rookie outing.

    May 13, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Strong turns from Grint and Sheehan, and a punchy storyline elevate this from TV drama to something powerfully cinematic.

    May 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cherrybomb

  • Oct 21, 2011
    Pleasantly surprised by this. I didn't actually recognize Rupert Grint and, judging by the description on the back of the case, I was expecting the usual out-of-control American teen story. I didn't realize it was British until I put it on and I think this was better for it. I liked all three of the main characters, even though all were obviously troubled in various ways. The young cast did a good job and the characters were well written. A small criticism would be that the ending is a little brief. I would have liked to have known what actually happened to the three of them. However, the reasonably short running time means this doesn't outwear it's welcome and it is well paced and keeps you interested.
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  • Jul 10, 2011
    The first feature from British shorts directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn, this is a small-scale but deceptively affecting teen drama. Following three alienated adolescents around a bleak Belfast, <i>Cherrybomb</i>'s story is nothing new: the aimless youngsters hang out, get it on, and drink. Inevitably, harder drugs also make a critical appearance. However, while the dialogue is a tad clunky, the young leads - Rupert Grint (in his first truly "adult", if not adult, role), Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan - share an authentic chemistry. Visual flourishes elevate TV-drama themes to make for a genuinely fresh, cinematic piece. Which is a back-handed compliment when, even with Grint's <i>Harry Potter</i> popularity, <i>Cherrybomb</i> couldn't score a big-screen run here. With good support from the likes of James Nesbitt, D'Sa and Leyburn's promising debut has more emotional grit than we might expect from a teen flick. Disturbing twists and turns create a genuine edginess to proceedings.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    I actually really enjoyed this. It basically tells the story of two friends in Ireland who are growing up and how the temptations of drugs, sex, alcohol and a bad family life can get to you. Featuring a few well known actors, such as Rupert Grint from Harry Potter, I thought that this was engrossing right up until the somewhat shocking ending.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2011
    Stilted, amateur 'Skins' wannabee with uniformly unlikeable characters.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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