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London River Reviews

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July 15, 2010
London River effectively sidesteps direct comment and full-blown tragedy in favour of mild melodrama and a heartening dose of diversity-studies sermonising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 14, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 8, 2011
"London River'' features on-target acting by its two leads, but they receive scant support from the wobbly plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2017
[Brenda] Blethyn as the beleaguered Elizabeth, who is both transforming and transformative.
July 16, 2010
This is a noble tribute to a day we all witnessed five years ago, and pray we will never see again.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
February 16, 2012
The film is a matter of Brenda Blethyn's performance vs. Sotigui Kouyate's presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2009
An engrossing and engaging drama with two fine performances by two veteran actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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+
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
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
December 7, 2011
Bouchareb's greatest accomplishment is successfully tackling class, grief and Islamophobia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2010
There's only been one 7/7 film before this -- the shrill nonsense-fest that was Incendiary. Thankfully, this is much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
July 12, 2010
Old fashioned and low key, London River feels like a dour kitchen sink chamber piece from the Sixties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2011
Bouchareb brings a measured hand to this intimate, occasionally overdetermined sketch of the aloneness at the center of our global confluence.
July 8, 2010
In the film's latter stages, Blethyn's heart-on-the-sleeve acting style finally combines with the marvellous Kouyaté's watchful intelligence and frail dignity to moving effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2010
Quiet and contained, this film feels like a TV movie due to its somewhat gentle look at a serious issue. But there's real strength in its performances
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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