Explicit Ills


Explicit Ills

Critics Consensus

Though its politics can be heavy-handed at times, Mark Webber's directorial debut is sincere and well-acted.



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The beauty of hope and the power of unity form the foundation of this tale of youthful love, drugs, and poverty in the City of Brotherly Love. Seven-year-old Babo suffers from asthma, and lives with his mother in a dangerous section of North Philly. In an attempt to impress a girl who's well out of his league, their scheming neighbor Demitri attempts to pass as a brainy bookworm. Meanwhile, as well-off art student Michelle falls into a drug-ridden affair with her dealer, Jacob, Kaleef and Jill struggle to save their marriage while bringing "produce to the people," and their teenage son, Heslin, bulks up for the World's Strongest Man competition. Rosario Dawson, Naomie Harris, and Paul Dano star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Explicit Ills

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  • A movie that too often feels comprised of arty public service announcements can only be considered a lost opportunity.

    Mar 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite a good cast, Explicit Ills is about as phony as it gets.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Gorgeous to look at and touchingly sincere, Mark Webber's directorial debut makes a considerable impact despite its evident flaws.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There is much to argue with, and much to regret, about a film whose director thinks he needs to drop an anvil on our heads when art would suffice.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • The film's cast and the fluid camerawork are as hip as can be, and in this age of Obama, so is the sentiment -- unflinching but optimistic.

    Mar 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/6
  • Two of the cast members shine: Lou Taylor Pucci as a drug dealer who finds a new lover and baptizes himself in substance abuse, and Rosario Dawson as a mother trying to care for her asthmatic son with no health insurance.

    Mar 4, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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  • Jul 07, 2008
    Ensemble drama clumsily works its way to a Big Message.
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