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London River Reviews

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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
March 7, 2012
Though the arc of the story is fairly predictable, Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate bring humanity to their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 16, 2012
The film is a matter of Brenda Blethyn's performance vs. Sotigui Kouyate's presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
January 23, 2012
There isn't a whole lot of nuance in writer-director Rachid Bouchareb's unapologetically political story. But Blethyn's performance ultimately draws viewers in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2012
It would be nice to say that Bouchareb, who also wrote and directed "Days of Glory" and "Outside the Law," succeeds. He does not entirely. But he doesn't fail, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
December 16, 2011
Powerful. Director Rachid Bouchareb draws excellent, haunting performances from Blethyn and Kouyate. Ultimately moving and cautionary, "London River" shouldn't be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Louis Proyect
December 9, 2011
Not surprisingly, the choice of the actress who played lead female character in Mike Leigh's "Secrets and Lies" betrays an affinity for Leigh in more than just the casting--and there's nothing wrong with that.
Nora Lee Mandel
December 9, 2011
[T]wo strangers surprisingly find that horror makes the globalization of terror very personal [with] Blethyn's convincing performance [as] a desperate mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 8, 2011
An engaging morality play about the quest of an English woman and an African Muslim to find their children after the 2005 terrorist attack in London.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 8, 2011
Blethyn and Kouyaté inhabit and expand the film's earnestly instructive intentions, leaving us with a deeply-felt experience rather than a naively-sketched lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clay Cane
December 7, 2011
Bouchareb's greatest accomplishment is successfully tackling class, grief and Islamophobia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 6, 2011
Demonstrates how great acting can infuse a banal, politically correct drama with dollops of emotional truth.
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
December 6, 2011
There's such a graceful sense of restraint in how this real-life tragedy is treated, one that filters any potential for ripped-from-yesterday's-headlines sensationalism through a respectful requiem of loss and grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
December 6, 2011
Bouchareb brings a measured hand to this intimate, occasionally overdetermined sketch of the aloneness at the center of our global confluence.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
December 4, 2011
Although the film occasionally cuts away to contextualized clips from news reports, it keeps its focus small-scale, filtering the world historical through the intimately personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 14, 2011
The film's message about these worried individuals and the larger family of all humanity is a bit obvious at times, but the performances keep you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2011
The emotion feels credible, the connections seem real and, if only briefly, the title truly earns its metaphor -- the same river does run through us all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 28, 2010
Un retrato humano, sobrio y sensible, que reflexiona sobre los prejuicios y la tolerancia racial, cultural y religiosa en el contexto de los atentados terroristas de Londres. Estupenda labor de sus dos protagonistas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2010
This gentle melodrama uses the July 2005 terrorist bombings in London as a jumping off point for a tender tale of clashing cultures united in grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 22, 2010
A low key drama about parental instincts crossing international/cultural/religious boundaries as well as a haunting reminder about how little we know our children once they've fled the nest, London River feels unexpectedly one-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
July 16, 2010
This is a noble tribute to a day we all witnessed five years ago, and pray we will never see again.
| Original Score: 3/5
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