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Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Read More | 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.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 31, 2007
Tip-top performances, led by young British thesp Jamie Bell, and a deftly handled tone reflecting all the title teen's confused emotions make Hallam Foe a viewing delight.