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Cracks Reviews

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
The pieces never form a convincing, or coherent, whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
All of which is heavy-breathing fun until an ill-judged lapse into Lord of the Flies territory and a Jean Rhys-ian climax all but bury the message about the evils of repression.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 13, 2011
The film unfolds primarily as a case study of both a vaguely fascistic individual and a group subject to that individual's magnetism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anne Wollenberg
Filmstar Magazine
December 4, 2009
What should have been a dark study of obsession and teenage rivalry is rendered dreary by poor pacing. Eva Green may captivate, but the film does not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nikki Baughan
Little White Lies
December 4, 2009
Even the star power of the lovely Ms Green can't help Cracks escape the melodramatic doldrums.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Boslaugh
May 14, 2011
,,,sometimes seems too obvious, sometimes too opaque, and frequently leaves you guessing as to whether some episode has a deeper meaning or was just tossed out there to keep things moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
March 30, 2011
Cracks only strays from the boarding school genre's playbook when it's entering questionable territory, making for a picture that's easily forgettable except in its disappointments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.4/10
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 17, 2011
Along with Fiamma's shift, we can't buy a miscast Eva Green, whose teacher begins the film faultless and finishes looking like The Turn of the Screw's governess.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
December 4, 2009
Scott shows a talent for composition and creating atmosphere but Cracks covers very familiar ground and winds up feeling sluggish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 18, 2011
It's at least unintentionally funny and could wind up with a kind of demented cult following.
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
December 11, 2009
Jordan Scott's debut film is essentially a picturesque, slow-motion montage of boarding school pastimes: diving practice, a midnight feast, parcels from home, low-level bitching. I kept hoping Dumbledore would pop in and liven things up.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
December 4, 2009
The atmosphere of suppressed erotic longing gives way to a barely contained hysteria, not always convincingly handled by the young cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 4, 2009
Keeps our interest even though the story is extremely thin. And there doesn't really seem to be much of a point to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 12, 2011
While Scott's movie has a consistent aura, it lacks a consistent tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
March 17, 2011
Cracks has the potential to be utterly devastating. Unfortunately, the film settles for being mildly unsettling.
| Original Score: 2.5.5
December 4, 2009
The presence of Ridley and Tony Scott's names among Crack's 16 listed producers is probably the main reason it's currently in a cinema near you, rather than languishing in development hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 11, 2009
Jordan Scott's confident directorial debut is a faintly ridiculous, sexually overheated mixture.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 18, 2011
"Cracks" recalls any number of girls-school dramas, like the much better "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nina Caplan
Time Out
December 4, 2009
Scott has fashioned a film as ponderous as it is obvious, weighed down by a string-heavy soundtrack and achingly slow editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brandon Judell
March 8, 2011
A concrete depiction of every Right Wing fundamentalist's greatest nightmare and fantasy, it's shocking to learn that such a pro-gay producer as Christine Vachon (e.g. Go Fish; Swoon) is involved here.
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