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Down Terrace Reviews

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Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
July 28, 2010
Down Terrace doesn't just feel like the work of a first-time filmmaker, but that of someone who's never before thought of making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2010
More the stuff of half-hour sitcoms than feature-length films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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+
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
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
October 14, 2010
off-kilter
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Harry Trueman
Sky Movies
August 2, 2010
Barking and bittersweet, it's a bit tasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Goss
Cinematical
July 26, 2010
As the laughs subside, we've grown very much immersed in who these people are and what they're bound to do to one another.
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
August 2, 2010
It's an audacious balancing act, by turns shocking and comical, but the outlandish story does boast several naturalistic performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 5, 2010
This proves you don't necessarily need money when you've got an honest, striking script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
August 2, 2010
The mix of downbeat laffs and Mike Leigh-style grimness is nicely balanced, and is boosted by a really well-chosen folky soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
July 29, 2010
in his low-budget feature debut, Ben Wheatley brings a very English working-class brand of domestic banality to his evil, doing for the gangster flick what Steven Sheil's Mum & Dad did for survival horror.
Rob James
Total Film
July 29, 2010
Down Terrace is a Brit-gangster film that rarely feels like one - and is much the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 3, 2010
None of the comedy is arch or nudging. This is just life, and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stan Hall
Oregonian
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-
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 30, 2010
The last reel isn't nearly so involving as the first, but there's plenty here to encourage hope for what Wheatley and Hill try next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2010
A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2012
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