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The End Reviews

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 1, 2009
This is a disappointingly reverential exercise in East End mythologising that's too busy sucking up to its rheumily sentimental interviewees to spend enough time exploring the few interesting observations they do make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/6
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 7, 2009
A movie that is non-judgmental to the point of celebration.
John Walsh
Independent (UK)
May 1, 2009
This grainy documentary that lets the Cockney hard men brag about violence, honour codes and the changed East End. Director Collins appeared with her sister Teena in Guy Ritchie's Snatch. That explains a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 1, 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 | Original Score: 2/5

The Sun (UK)
May 1, 2009
Would you Adam and Eve it, the film is packed with notorious criminals including Victor Dark, a man living by the "code" of "helping old ladies across the road."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
May 7, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
May 1, 2009
They're eloquent, witty and quietly terrifying, the glitchy visuals and chilly score undercutting the laughs with a tremendous sense of foreboding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times
May 1, 2009
The film, a success on the festival circuit, has been described as "carving, visceral, right in your face... scary, gob-smacking". I merely concur, in case they know where I live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
June 7, 2005
The End is immensely absorbing...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 1, 2009
The End could be criticised for being one-sided (none of the victims get a look-in). But that's missing the point, for at heart it's really a portrait of a long-gone era. In all, it's the best British crime film in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
May 1, 2009
The flesh-crawling thrill is that these stories about armed robberies, ghastly fights, and grisly murders are utterly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
May 1, 2009
Moodily shot on monochrome and accompanied by an industrial soundtrack, it already seems these hardmen belong to a different, rose-tinted era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2009
A deliberately distressed and scratchy documentary of talking heads, sporting the same sinister techno score and added subtitles for non-cockneys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 1, 2009
This is a well made, entertaining documentary that's easily the best of the recent handful of British gangster docs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 1, 2009
The second half of this most watchable debut sows a few doubts. The old sweats admit that prison has wasted half their lives, that they indeed "done wrong" and, in two cases, that God has saved them from themselves.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
May 1, 2009
It is a fist-in-your-face scary and, in the end, absorbing film.

Maxim [UK]
May 1, 2009
As well as being a candid portrayal of a bygone gangster life, The End's carving visceral edge and acute sense of storytelling gives it bags of rewatch value and quotability. A darn fine piece of work, The End deserves all its praises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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