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Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) Reviews

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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
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
Nick Schager
September 5, 2008
[The film's] intellectualized sexuality stirs neither the head nor the nether regions.
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.
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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
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 9, 2008
The final installment of Mackenzie's 'sex trilogy' is so strenuously edgy it's tiresome.
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.
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-
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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
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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 21, 2007
As a study of grief, this is silly and nonsensical. Taken less seriously, Mackenzie delivers a light dance over heavy issues, and the romance works - but how flippantly can we take death, grief and suicide?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Bonnie Fazio
October 18, 2008
Another successful and intriguing entry in Mackenzie's growing oeuvre.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Peter Bradshaw
August 31, 2007
The story itself is self-regarding, and the ending, with its muddled vengefulness, strains both sympathy and credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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

Daily Mirror (UK)
August 31, 2007
Bell shines as the baleful yet sympathetic Hallam, but there's little else to get excited about, with the eventual love affair between him and Kate deeply improbable.
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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.
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
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
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