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Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) Reviews

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Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 5, 2008
Mister Foe is infused with enough macabre and comical touches to prevent it from sliding into clinical sensationalism.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
September 5, 2008
There's a chance that Bell's strong work could turn this into a cult item.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
September 4, 2008
Boring, meandering, and painfully self-important, "Mister Foe" is writer/director David Mackenzie's follow-up to his much better effort "Young Adam" (2003).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
September 4, 2008
An engrossing, provocative drama, the feature sniffs out just the right level of lurid behavior to keep the viewer in concert with the mounting domestic woes. It's a feature of unpredicted, and quite thrilling, discomfort.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2008
It's a showy part, but the movie ably supports it with splendid use of Edinburgh, Scotland's cityscapes, a basket full of startling surprises in the screenplay and characters without a fleck of sentimentality.
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
September 3, 2008
What makes Mister Foe such unlikely fun is Bell's accomplished smart-ass routine and Mackenzie's blithe attitude toward taboos.
Simon Abrams
New York Press
September 3, 2008
In his attempt to make the audience sympathize with Hallam, [director] Mackenzie uses the cheapest trick in the book: attempting to give the audience a link into his head with a manic soundtrack.
Edward Douglas
September 2, 2008
A striking film but certainly more of one that grows on you rather than one that's immediately compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 2, 2008
Mister Foe flirts too often with the unlikely and the foolish, yet there is something to admire in the nerve of its reckless characters, so uneasy in their skins.
Prairie Miller
August 30, 2008
A movie about a Scottish Peeping Tom who is sufficiently demented to give even Peeping Toms a bad name, it seems to be a lot less about fetish and voyeurism, than warped emotional espionage as pathological mommy love.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 22, 2008
Equal parts sweet and perverse, this Scottish film is unpredictable in places where it might be twee, and subversively fanciful in others where it might be punishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
July 30, 2008
An insightful, well-acted serio-comic look into the mind of a creepy 18-year-old Scot.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 1, 2008
An occasion for David Mackenzie to infuse his smutty purview of modern romantic relations with twee affectation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
May 20, 2008
It's a modestly effective story, even a little moving in a weird way, and worth watching for Bell's intriguing and sympathetic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Luke Y. Thompson
OC Weekly
April 28, 2008
Presented as a sort of romantic neo-fairy-tale, the movie rarely acknowledges the inherent creepiness of its premise.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 11, 2008
A dark, often funny Oedipal and erotic tale from Young Adam director David Mackenzie, Mister Foe benefits from the emotionally and physically agile performance of Bell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Erik Childress
April 9, 2008
The Hitchcockian elements are actually much subtler than recognized, partly because the film is generally more a comedy than some Peeping Tom-esque thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 10, 2007
Hallam Foe cannot be accused of concealing its investment in the dramatic heightening of sensation, the privileging of psychic logic and hormonal pulls over safer and more quotidian forms of "realistic" storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
September 8, 2007
Rarely have I seen a film end so satisfactorily and without feeling cheated by a conclusion ready made for first dates.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 8, 2007
Perched on a razor's edge between the sinister and the whimsical, it's erotic, well acted, beautifully photographed.
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