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With its grimy sets, taut storyline, and relentless sense of doom, London to Brighton is an auspicious directorial debut by Paul Andrew Williams. Read critic reviews

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Kelly (Lorraine Stanley), a prostitute, is sent by her pimp, Derek (Johnny Harris), to procure a young girl for aging gangster Duncan (Alexander Morton). She brings back 11-year-old Joanne (Georgia Groome) -- but sex between Duncan and Joanne goes badly, and the gangster is inadvertently killed, forcing the two girls to flee London for the resort city of Brighton. As Kelly struggles to earn money to send Joanne to her grandmother, Duncan's son orders Derek to find the girls and take revenge.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (9)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Its tautness is satisfying. Not one line of dialogue is superfluous, not one take is a second too long.

    April 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • From the near-hysteria of this compelling opening sequence, Paul Andrew Williams's taut, tough and thoroughly satisfying drama grips the viewer and never lets go until its brutal, surprising conclusion.

    April 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A gritty British gangster film that leaves a bitter aftertaste, Paul Andrew Williams' London to Brighton is as technically assured as it is ultimately superfluous.

    February 20, 2008
  • The film is a calling card for its sure-handed rookie director, Paul Andrew Williams, who expertly turns up the suspense knob while establishing a thick sense of doom amid grimy settings.

    February 8, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 10, 2011
    I can't recall the last time a film had such a visceral impact on me. Coming out of the cinema after watching "London to Brighton" I felt my senses reeling and the adrenalin pumping as if I had just stepped off a particularly fiendish theme park ride. There's a grim nastiness running throughout this story, interwoven with a thin thread of maternal compassion. Life is hard and hopeless for these people. They have few choices open to them. Their environment is sordid and gloomy. Even the seaside resort of Brighton is cold, windy and desolate. But what lifts the audience out of what might otherwise be a depressing experience is the storyline which builds excitement and fear to the point where my friend felt he had to get up and actually leave the auditorium! Without revealing the plot, I can say that had he stayed, the final scene ? which in no way strays from the noir ? would have rewarded his perseverance. The cast turn in convincing performances and Georgia Groome is excellent as the young runaway.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2010
    To paraphrase, nothing good can come at 3:07 am which is when Kelly(Lorraine Stanley), a prostitute between the ages of 25 and 40 with a black eye, and Joanne(Georgia Groome), an 11-year old runaway with a 2 pack a day habit, find themselves barricaded in a bathroom. They are on the run from Kelly's pimp Derek(Johnny Harris) who in turn was previously contracted by Stuart(Sam Spruell, who is superb)who would like to have a polite chat with him about what exactly went wrong. Kelly decides to go to Brighton with her young charge because she has a friend there that Derek knows nothing about but first has to do some impromptu fundraising. "London to Brighton" is a harrowing thriller that all hangs on one particular moment of stupidity and some tenuous logic. For the most part, the flashbacks are unnecessary as the viewer can already fill in the blanks without a lot of help. In other words, sometimes less is more and that is certainly the case here. At the same time, through a bit of misdirection, the movie is not really about Kelly and Joanne at all, as it is about the rich exploiting the poor. At least in England, they can all agree on a cup of tea.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2010
    This movie will have you hooked from start to finish
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  • Jan 23, 2010
    Although this is a totally disgusting film in what is happening, it's very interesting and gripping to see what is happening and is going to happen to these people. It makes you realise what people really go through on the streets and how difficult and horrible it really is. It was uncomfortable but enlightening to watch.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer

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