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London River Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Full Review | 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.
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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
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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
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2009
Blethyn brings tremendous empathy to the introspective, determined Elisabeth, while the tall, gaunt and dreadlocked Ousmane fleshes out his less-dimensional role with a haunting sadness that speaks volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5