Chiko Reviews

September 27, 2017
... its uneven blend of social criticism, domestic drama and gangster tragedy illustrates just how difficult it is to capture that distinctive Scarface quality.
August 24, 2009
This is frankly pretty cliched stuff.
August 24, 2009
It's hard to take your eyes off Moschitto's bulldog-like antihero - with his dangerous lips and furtive power plays, he makes Vincent Cassel in Mesrine look like Dale Winton's camper twin.
August 24, 2009
Despite the fresh setting and fine performances, Yildirim's screenplay is just too familiar to really admire. Instead of violent and ruthless Italians, we get violent and ruthless Turks.
August 24, 2009
Chiko's German boss, Moritz Bleibtreu confirms his reputation as one of Europe's most compelling younger film actors.
August 24, 2009
Never does the plot deviate from its almost pre-ordained course and as we witness the rise and fall of Chiko not once is there a surprise in store to ramp up the interest.
August 24, 2009
The film has little new to offer but Ozgr Yildirim directs with assurance.
August 24, 2009
Something more than just a thriller - a film as accurate and hard-nosed as it needs to be.
August 21, 2009
Impressive directorial skills, if a trite plotline, are on offer in Turkish-German writer-director zgr Yildirim's occasionally violent debut feature.
August 21, 2009
The feature debut of writer/director zgr Yildirim, Chiko may offer a familiar account of ambition, excess and revenge in the narcotics biz, but it's executed with assurance and acted with force.
August 21, 2009
The final scenes simply lack the necessary weight to turn Chiko into something profound, affecting, or entirely memorable.
August 21, 2009
August 21, 2009
Starts in an impressive, genre-subverting manner but then reverts to type a little towards the end.
August 21, 2009
The handsomely grungy photography, the moments of grislier-than-usual violence and the producing participation of film-maker Fatih Akin fail to rescue this moody thug epic from being a cross-Channel cousin to the UK's mod gangster genre.
August 21, 2009
Too much of its urban grit seems in thrall to American precedents.
August 20, 2009
August 18, 2009
In zgr Yildirim's vibrant thriller, the exigencies of genre clash with the realities of Germany's urban multiculturalism - but a bland central performance, and a paucity of surprises, hinder its rise to the top of the drug-movie hierarchy.
November 8, 2008
Pathiasmeno kai filotimo skinothetiko ntempoyto, poy pashei ap' oles tis astheneies ton ntempoyton: filodoksies poy den kalyptontai ap' tis senariakes baseis kai tis skinothetikes ikanotites toy dimioyrgoy
March 24, 2008
A gentle character sketch gradually makes way for a high-energy tale of loyalty and betrayal that is perhaps rife with clichs but works because Yildirim has established his characters properly.