The End (2004)




Critic Consensus: An eye-opening, if one-sided and reverential, talking-heads doc about London's "Wild East" candidly told by the hard men gangsters themselves.

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In this heart-wrenching documentary, five terminally ill hospice patients and their families share their feelings about death with candor, humor and dignity. Kirby Dick directed.
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Chain Camera Pictures

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Critic Reviews for The End

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

Inevitably, this is a sympathetic, one-sided film and its familiar perspective is a nostalgic, sometimes tiresome one that imagines a 'golden age' when grannies could leave their doors open at night.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is a flavourful record of what is - as the interviewees are well aware - a vanishing culture, but it doesn't dig deep.

Full Review… | May 6, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

A movie that is non-judgmental to the point of celebration.

Full Review… | May 6, 2009
Observer (UK)

A deliberately distressed and scratchy documentary of talking heads, sporting the same sinister techno score and added subtitles for non-cockneys.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009

The flesh-crawling thrill is that these stories about armed robberies, ghastly fights, and grisly murders are utterly compelling.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009

Intentionally or not, Nicola Collins's filmed interviews with various old-school East End geezers give us a fair idea of their sentimentality, paranoia, smugness and flashes of humour.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009

Audience Reviews for The End

Somehow this documentary lost passion as it went along. The first three stories were heart wrenching. The last two? Elusive.

Greg Robinson
Greg Robinson

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