Cracks

2011

Cracks

Critics Consensus

Atomospheric but not much else, Cracks is a formless film in search of compelling drama.

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In an austere and remote all-girls boarding school, the most elite students are the illustrious members of the schools' diving team. Di (Juno Temple), Lily (Ellie Nunn), Poppy (Imogen Poots), Laurel (Adele Mccann), Rosie (Zoe Carroll) and Fuzzy (Clemmie Dugdale) are the envy of their fellow pupils who watch on as the girls compete for the attention of their glamorous teacher MISS G (Eva Green). MISS G in turn thrives on the attention she receives from her girls and believes it is her role to teach them the ways of the world. As Team Captain, DI is closest of all the girls to Miss G but her position is challenged when a beautiful Spanish girl, Fiamma (Maria Valverde), arrives at the school and joins the diving team. DI, pulls rank as team captain and lays down the rules in an attempt to assert her position but MISS G is spellbound by Fiamma's beauty and maturity and becomes obsessed with her new favorite girl. Consumed with jealousy, Di encourages the group to bully their team mate and they chase her out of the school. When Fiamma is made to return the girls are forced to try and get along with Fiamma and as they open up to her they too begin to warm to the charms that so captivated Miss G. In an attempt to put their differences aside - the diving team and Fiamma plan a secret midnight party to celebrate the feast of St. Agnes; a ritualistic celebration that is both innocent and erotic. A night that begins with high spirits soon takes a turn that will change the girls' lives forever as Miss G interrupts the evening and takes a drunken Fiamma away to her room... -- (C) IFC

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Critic Reviews for Cracks

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (28)

  • "Cracks" is a moody, often lurid tale of rivalry and repression.

    Jun 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • Although Green is the sort of actress you can't take your eyes off , her presence is not enough to keep this movie from becoming mired in a slow and predictable rut.

    Jun 8, 2011
  • "Cracks" is a bit of a knock-off, but it's a sturdily assembled vessel for a promising director and cast.

    May 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While Scott's movie has a consistent aura, it lacks a consistent tone.

    May 12, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Driven more by characters and relationships than narrative, Cracks explores the exclusionary power of cliques that develop within a closed society, the single-minded violence of the mob mentality, and the seductive charm of the charismatic individual.

    Apr 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Cracks" recalls any number of girls-school dramas, like the much better "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969).

    Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cracks

  • Jul 25, 2015
    Exploring the hardships of adolescence, Cracks is a provocative period drama. When a new student at an English all-girls boarding school begins questioning her instructor's integrity, she finds that the other students start to resent and ostracize her. Starring Eva Green, Juno Temple, and Imogen Poots, the film has a solid cast, and they give some good performances. However, they're playing pretty stereotypical characters, and the plot is formulaic. Still, there are some hints of intrigue and suspense; but it's not developed very well. Yet despite its lack of originality, Cracks is an engaging film that's atmosphere and beautifully shot.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2013
    Eva Green is pretty masterful, the girls all do good too. The story is interesting and unique, it is not something we typically see in a movie. Hats off to Jordan Scott for first time direction, I liked some of the cool cinematography.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2012
    The directorial debut of Jordan Scott, the daughter of Ridley Scott is Cracks, a film about an all-girls boarding school and the elite students part of the diving team under the direction of Miss G. It is so much fun to watch Eva Green ride that teacher off the rails, that it's almost the one reason to see this film. The film is otherwise a formless, abstract, mostly well-acted, atmospheric and sometimes boring first film for Jordan Scott.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2012
    "Cracks" starts out in a rowboat where Di(Juno Temple) thanks her teacher Miss G(Eva Green), to whom she is devoted, for loaning her The Book, despite how controversial it is. So, it is a good thing Di does not mention it during weekly confessional while pretty much bringing up every other stray thought she has had recently. Di, as captain of her team, is informed by Miss Nieven(Sinead Cusack) that there will be a new addition, Fiamma(Maria Valverde). At the same time, she cautions Di that she might be a little different due to her being Spanish, aristocratic and Catholic. That makes no difference to Di as she is only concerned that the new girl not have more than five personal items on her night table. "Cracks" is a great looking movie that is so understated that it threatens to float away at the first breeze. But like some of the characters, the movie is very deceptive as it gracefully seeks to subvert the very notion of the inspirational schoolteacher genre, helped immensely by the brittle charm of Eva Green's best performance to date. To be honest, it may not entirely be Miss G's fault that nothing of substance is taught to the girls, as the syllabus for such a school in 1934 was probably lightweight to say the least which would only leave them prepared for one thing in the outside world.(I was originally going to go with either isolationism or fascism but I think this works just as well.) Still, there are worst places to be stranded where a person can learn the power of a good story. Just remember that it is the real ones that count the most.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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