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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
Adam Nayman
January 14, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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
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.
Read More | 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
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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
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
November 21, 2009
An engrossing and engaging drama with two fine performances by two veteran actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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+
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
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
Clay Cane
December 7, 2011
Bouchareb's greatest accomplishment is successfully tackling class, grief and Islamophobia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robbie Collin
News of the World
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
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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
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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.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 6, 2011
Demonstrates how great acting can infuse a banal, politically correct drama with dollops of emotional truth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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