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March 2, 2011
suffers from a simultaneous affliction of overwriting and underwriting
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 8, 2009
all social smoke and mirrors.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
June 10, 2009
In an era of low-blow comedies and fluff action flicks, this movie will inspire you to be aware, conscious and sensitive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 20, 2009
A movie that too often feels comprised of arty public service announcements can only be considered a lost opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 14, 2009
A good first effort with heart felt acting but this film does not provide the thrills and spills some expect from inner city explorations
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 9, 2009
Webber is good with his actors, but he tries to do too much, depict a portrait of the lower-depths in Philadelphia, present a cautionary tale and call to arms, and also suggest a personal memoir or living in this particular city.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 7, 2009
An impressive directorial debut that manages to be a throughly compelling, honest and socially conscious drama
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
March 6, 2009
Initially promising but ultimately maddening.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 6, 2009
Despite a good cast, Explicit Ills is about as phony as it gets.
March 6, 2009
Gorgeous to look at and touchingly sincere, Mark Webber's directorial debut makes a considerable impact despite its evident flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2009
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 5, 2009
Mark Weber's Explicit Ills has a tenderness that belies its fiery left-leaning political views about urban poverty and social injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2009
A serious social drama without insight, a unique point of view or, seemingly, much of an understanding of its own issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 4, 2009
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/6
March 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 3, 2009
The film is confidently polished and thankfully more sweet-tempered than preachy, given that every narrative thread has an underlying theme of social injustice.
February 16, 2009
Elusive narrative strands sorted out with surprising and uplifting clarity. And a determined socially conscious focus on the dismal, all too explicit diseased state of profit-ized health care in a country where patients are 'customers, not sick people.
October 18, 2008
I'm looking forward to seeing what Webber comes up with next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 2008
It's the best reflection of inner city life, and its effect on children, since Charles Burnett's 1977 drama Killer of Sheep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2008
Actor-turned-director Mark Webber combines the worst of two schemes in his debut feature, Explicit Ills: overweening artistic pretense with a crudely conceived political message.
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