London Road


London Road (2016)


Critic Consensus: Equal parts enthralling and unsettling, London Road uses an unusual documentary/musical hybrid to tell a grim true-life tale.


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LONDON ROAD documents true events that occurred in 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and curb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged, and then convicted, of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicenter of this tragedy. Using their own words set to an innovative musical score, LONDON ROAD tells a moving story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences. The stage production 'London Road' was an immediate hit and earned five-star reviews when it premiered at the National Theatre in 2011. It returned to the stage in 2012 for a sold-out run.

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Critic Reviews for London Road

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Once Rufus Norris's film gets going, it quickly reveals itself as a vibrant, almost revolutionary work.

Nov 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What starts out like a documentary soon morphs into something quite odd but strangely compelling, a social commentary of sorts about everyday people confronting a shocking and monstrous reality close to home.

Nov 17, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

All in all, a brilliant piece of work.

Oct 7, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The film is adapted from a stage play, and it shows in every frame.

Sep 21, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

London Road is a commanding, at times hypnotic experience.

Sep 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"London Road" comes across as no more than tabloid karaoke.

Sep 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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Innovative musical based on interviews and testimony during and after a serious of brutal murders in Ipswich; it shouldn't work and sometimes it's too bizarre for its own good, but it's very interesting and brilliantly acted.

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