London Road Reviews

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November 18, 2016
Once Rufus Norris's film gets going, it quickly reveals itself as a vibrant, almost revolutionary work.
November 17, 2016
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.
October 7, 2016
All in all, a brilliant piece of work.
September 21, 2016
The film is adapted from a stage play, and it shows in every frame.
September 19, 2016
London Road is a commanding, at times hypnotic experience.
September 15, 2016
"London Road" comes across as no more than tabloid karaoke.
September 15, 2016
Here, as onstage, the musical stylization of every conversational line - with pauses, inflections and imperfections left precisely intact - transmutes the mundane into the unexpectedly poetic.
September 9, 2016
The film overstates its point about the suffering of the prostitutes versus the residents who treat them like a threat to property values. It's a salient argument, but the movie delivers it so stridently that it undoes the musical's better moments.
September 9, 2016
These are the sorts of choices that a stage director makes when he is adapting a dark modern musical for film and has technique but no actual vision. It's toolkit filmmaking.
September 8, 2016
Mesmerizing.
Top Critic
September 8, 2016
Once you get used to the film's most potent strategy ... it takes on the cadence of hypnotic poetry, a Greek chorus that picks out a billowing unease that only begins to spread following a trial verdict that was meant to bring closure.
September 8, 2016
An ungainly yet strangely captivating oddity, "London Road" snags your attention from the get-go in the manner of any razor-edge experiment: By making you wonder, what on earth?
September 8, 2016
In the end, it all feels about as cohesive and compelling as having a bunch of strangers who sound like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins loudly hum the headlines from their local police blotter in your ear.
September 7, 2016
It's a constant grin-conjuring marvel.
September 7, 2016
Anyone whose eyes roll back in their heads at the word "musical" will be remiss if they don't give this film a proper chance.
September 30, 2015
[A] curious, awkward, intriguing work.
September 23, 2015
London Road is an exotic beast arising out of an awkward menage a trois made up of theatre, music and dramatised documentary.
August 14, 2015
As gripping onscreen as it was onstage, London Road remains a work of great finesse and originality.
June 12, 2015
Rufus Norris's big, bold screen version of London Road, the play he directed at the National Theatre, works because it wears its theatricality with pride.
June 12, 2015
London Road takes real life tragedy and helps redress the balance of media representation, "as it was, exactly as they said it."
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