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Down Terrace Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
[Julia Deakin's] Ma Barker role (and performance) is essential to the film's grotesque yet enthralling familial fatalism.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 15, 2010
This is the sort of thing you'd expect if the Coen Brothers were British and they decided to do their own version of a "Sopranos" movie set in Brighton, England.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 29, 2010
Has some poignant moments but gets lost along the way in the macabre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2010
The British do kitchen-sink realism extremely well; they also have a nice way with black comedy. It's rare, however, to see the two as wickedly combined as they are in Down Terrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
November 11, 2010
A low-budget effort by British director Ben Wheatley, Down Terrace is an enjoyably nasty piece of business about a down-market sort of underworld clan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
October 29, 2010
The junior Hill's script, written with director Wheatley, very deliberately considers the abilities of each of its elements, from the inanimate to the human, and uses each to their best effect.
| Original Score: 3/5
Stan Hall
October 28, 2010
Chances are you've never seen a crime family like the one in Ben Wheatley's unusual, ferociously witty dark comedy Down Terrace.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2010
A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brian Orndorf
October 22, 2010
Doesn't provide much of an electric charge until very late in the game, making the first two acts of the picture an incredible test of endurance for anyone not utterly devoted to the throttled fury of British kitchen sink dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 22, 2010
Its litany of outrageous abuses and horrible crimes, as it careens from delicately phrased dinner-table insults to old ladies murdered in the street, is often gaspingly, ridiculously funny.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 15, 2010
A grimly amusing portrait of a closed system in which the pressure is building to an explosion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 15, 2010
Down Terrace is the auspicious feature debut of Ben Wheatley, who's spent a decade directing sitcoms, Web-isodes and commercials while fruitlessly pitching scripts to Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2010
Down Terrace is long on talk but generates its own internal rhythms and pace that makes it feel bracing and vibrantly alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Cabin
October 14, 2010
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 14, 2010
A shambling gangster movie about father and son ex-cons (played by Robert and Robin Hill) who passive-aggressively pick at each other in between meeting with their eccentric associates.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
October 13, 2010
This muted mobster story reminds us that the ties that bind can also gag you, garrote you and slowly deaden your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 12, 2010
Verbal aggression makes for the biggest laughs and the surest signs of moral decay.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 11, 2010
An unnecessarily claustrophobic visual scheme dings this otherwise so-so slice of darkly humorous, stakes-free entertainment, good for fans of certain British TV crime serials, and those schooled in the work of Shane Meadows.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
August 18, 2010
By mixing the situations of a crime drama with dysfunctional family dynamics, the everyday becomes accentuated, meaning that outbreaks of violence are absurdly comic but still retain a nasty edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 9, 2010
A wonderfully rich script and brilliantly realised characters...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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