Jawbone Reviews

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March 5, 2019
Jawbone is an odd hybrid of gritty British drama, character study, and sports movie. It develops so slowly that it's almost a surprise to see protagonist Jimmy suddenly climb into the boxing ring for a proper fight.
February 22, 2018
Whilst there's little that's actually wrong with this film besides a general lack of energy, it just doesn't have much to say.
October 21, 2017
...there are moments of simple truthfulness.
October 12, 2017
I love a good boxing film but Jawbone isn't just a good boxing film, it's a fantastic one.
September 5, 2017
... an extraordinarily human tale of suffering and redemption against the backdrop of London.
June 14, 2017
This is the small-time, replete with unforgiving glare and hostile punters.
June 2, 2017
Like Steve McQueen's Shame or Gerard Johnson's Hyena, Jawbone is an intense and close-up depiction of a scarred individual going about his business with, largely, disastrous consequences.
June 1, 2017
Jawbone may be an example of the catharsis of filmmaking and storytelling, the first time effort at screenwriting for Harris and feature direction for Napper has culminated in a solid piece of filmmaking.
May 18, 2017
While the basic framework of the Jawbone story hardly feels fresh, the execution from everyone involved makes it easy to overlook some of the more familiar elements. It's a sobering film, in many ways, and a quietly impressive one throughout.
May 15, 2017
As a writing debut for Harris and a feature-directing debut for Napper, this is extremely promising. As a role for Harris, it's a sign that a great British actor may have just hit his moment.
May 14, 2017
The familiar boxing movie trajectory doesn't lessen the forceful punch of this underdog story.
May 12, 2017
Rocky meets I, Daniel Blake may sound like a horrendous pitch, but the bones of just that are in this muscular feature debut from the character actor, and now writer and producer, Johnny Harris.
May 12, 2017
This is a solid film making achievement for Harris and Napper. They've successfully tackled the story with an original angle whilst still playing tribute to the conventions of the boxing narrative.
May 12, 2017
It isn't just a boxing film. It's not even mainly a boxing film. It is also, with piercing, heartbreaking honesty, a chronicle of addiction.
May 12, 2017
Harris ... has built and rendered a character Ken Loach might have won awards for.
May 11, 2017
A raw, honest and touching film as much about grief and dependency as it is about boxing.
May 11, 2017
[An] impressively lean and stripped-down sports drama ...
May 11, 2017
An honest look at a well-worn subject, this home-grown drama about a boxer's fight back to sobriety packs some punch.
May 11, 2017
A dour, dogged little drama.
May 11, 2017
The film has the gritty conviction of a partial memoir.
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