Dead Man's Shoes (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dead Man's Shoes (2006)



Critic Consensus: Though enhanced by cramped, gritty camerawork, this unsettling look at violence and revenge lacks the provocative edge needed to give it a substantial kick.

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Richard has always protected his simple-minded little brother Anthony. When Richard leaves the rural village where they have grown up to join the army, Anthony is taken in by Sonny, a controlling and vicious local drug dealer and his gang of lads. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and plaything. Seven years later, Richard returns to settle the score. One by one, he hunts down each member of the gang and executes them in increasingly elaborate ways as flashbacks reveal the extent to which his brother suffered at their hands. "Dead Man's Shoes" is a genre-defying film blending horror, supernatural elements, comedy, and social realism. Set in a Midlands village, it explores the underbelly of contemporary rural Britain in communities where crime is unchecked and drugs, intimidation, and power games are blandly accepted as the fabric of daily life.

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Critic Reviews for Dead Man's Shoes

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12)

Film plays as a quirky Brit riff on everything from U.S. slasher pics to revenge oaters but without Meadows' usual psychological complexity.

August 4, 2006 | Full Review…
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In a swift 86 minutes, director Meadows and co-writer/star Considine give us a methodical, handsome, emotionally intelligent version of the revenge flick.

July 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

In the end, the picture's more pulp than juice.

May 20, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

There's a hint of Shakespeare's goriest tragedies here, sucked dry of any attendant heart, emotional depth or compelling human interest.

May 18, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A poor fit for anyone. And that includes even the undiscriminating gorehounds looking for yet another bloody slice of payback.

May 12, 2006 | Rating: 1/4

Meadows ... very slowly builds to a powerful climax for this arty cross between Straw Dogs and First Blood.

May 12, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Dead Man's Shoes

Revenge stories are a dime a dozen in the cinematic landscape; a subject often used but rarely to the effect of director Shane Meadows' "Dead Man's Shoes." This is a great film, with grit and punkish lo-fi sensibilities that strengthen an already harrowing character piece. Amazingly written (and highly quotable) dialogue abound and highlight the terrific, multifaceted performance of Paddy Considine. A powerful slice of low-budget filmmaking.

Michael S
Michael S

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The ultimate story of revenge. This movie is powerful and gripping in every way. It is saddening in many parts, and will make you think twice before you ever think of being mean to someone again.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Gritty, emotionally powerful, raw and what British Films should be made of. With an almost frightening reality to it, none of the cast could be faulted. This was the film that introduced me to the collaboration of Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine and as a result I became a huge fan of their individual works.. Still very much my favourite British film and proof that good film making doesn't have to have a big budget or high tech effects. Mind games, intimidation and revenge are the power behind this story. I've seen many non-Brits class this as a horror even a Slasher (which is a bit of an insult I feel), but it's too real and passionate to be that. Finally it's only when you look over this film time and time again you come to understand what a great role Toby Kebbell also played in this. Yes I never stop praising this fillm, it epitomizes everything that can be great from a low budget film and it's one hell of a revenge movie.

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Lady D'arbanville

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