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Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) Reviews

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Don Willmott
October 28, 2008
it's ultimately impossible to rise above the overly melodramatic script. The world doesn't really need another wicked stepmother, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David N. Butterworth
October 23, 2008
Grumpy Glaswegians going at it are once again the focus of David ("Young Adam") Mackenzie's bleak and dreary -- but not wholly uninteresting -- drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bonnie Fazio
October 18, 2008
Another successful and intriguing entry in Mackenzie's growing oeuvre.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Bell was a decent kid actor and a terrific dancer in Billy Elliot, but he's grown into a really first-rate actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
[A] prettily photographed but relationally science-fictional coming-of-age blather.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 9, 2008
It's a coming of age you can believe in.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 9, 2008
The final installment of Mackenzie's 'sex trilogy' is so strenuously edgy it's tiresome.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
September 26, 2008
This Scottish film often pushes for realism, though its stylish tones fall back on whimsy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 19, 2008
While the film playfully telegraphs its inspirations, Mister Foe never persuasively comes together as a dark fable about an adolescent misfit stuck in loss.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 18, 2008
[Director David] Mackenzie has reined in the strangeness to deliver a conventional, if better than average, mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
September 12, 2008
By the end of "Hallam Foe," you've nearly forgotten his all-too-regular boy development. Now you're wondering, what's Kate doing when he's not looking?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 11, 2008
Didn't I review this coming-of-age picture back in the spring when it was called Charlie Bartlett?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
September 6, 2008
Jamie Bell in his most memorable outing since Billy Elliot, as a Peeping Tom acting upon Oedipal urges in a dysfunctional family drama from Scotland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
September 5, 2008
A worthy addition to Holden Caulfield's coming-of-age subgenre of off-kilter teenage boys let loose in big cities. Bell and Myles give terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2008
Although it's nice to see Mackenzie find uplift in the erotic, what helps drive Mister Foe is how deftly he turns chasm into intimacy between Bell and Myles, both of whom give sharply observed, charismatic portrayals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2008
Jamie Bell gives a watchable performance in this self-conscious, coming-of-age drama, though the film's overall effect is best described as David Lynch lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 5, 2008
Jamie Bell has his best role since Billy Elliot in Mister Foe, a darkly comic tale of a twisted teen on the cusp of adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Grant Butler
September 5, 2008
Director David Mackenzie's complex story is never sure exactly what tone to strike.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 5, 2008
You find yourself wishing that what happened in Edinburgh stayed in Edinburgh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
September 5, 2008
[The film's] intellectualized sexuality stirs neither the head nor the nether regions.
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