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Neds Reviews

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Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
There's a sense of inevitability about things, certainly, but it seems less written in the stars than unhappily scratched onto the kerb with a flicknife by John himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 29, 2011
... Despite its bold efforts to the contrary, it ultimately becomes a dehumanising experience and apology for self-ruination.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 17, 2011
The casting is good throughout, but McCarron makes the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 17, 2011
Kudos to Peter Mullan for this fine bit of history and excellent social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
May 13, 2011
A stringent street psychodrama in which brutality is an infection and every male is a carrier.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2011
First-timer McCarron is never less than convincing as a baby-faced brute who can elicit a stranger's sympathy as easily as he can inflict devastating comeuppance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
May 3, 2011
...echoes other classics of roiling childhood violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
April 28, 2011
Neds opens with the sort of celebratory moment that makes you think for a moment that things might be all right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
April 14, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 10, 2011
Mullan is smart enough not to close his subject off; many questions remain, and true to the nature of social mobility, little is ever solved quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 27, 2011
While it's beautifully shot in period style and features terrific performances from the largely non-professional cast, this film struggles to get us involved simply because there isn't much we can grab hold of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
January 26, 2011
This angry film is a forceful slice of life, clearly indebted to the realism of Ken Loach, in whose My Name Is Joe Mullan starred, and to whose Kes it nods.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
January 24, 2011
I's darkly humorous and strongly atmospheric but not especially surprising, a misjudged hallucinatory encounter with Jesus notwithstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2011
A dark, evocative, hard-hitting piece of film-making leavened by flashes of sly wit, a great eye for period detail and a sound ear for authentic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 21, 2011
It's arguably too long and there's a touch of self-mythologising but with compelling flashes of rage and nauseous black comedy, and some brilliant and bizarre images...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 21, 2011
A slathering, rabid beast of a movie, Neds is a hellish trip through 70s Glasgow as seen through the eyes of a teenage ne'er-do-well.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 21, 2011
It's an oddity in his work that he lures us into grittily realistic drama only to dilute its potency with outlandish non-realistic imagery. The humanity and seriousness of his film-making, however, have made him an unignorable force for good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Stanger
The Skinny
January 21, 2011
It's usually desirable to avoid behaviour of this nature, but miss out on NEDS and you'll be kicking yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 20, 2011
Just when you thought British cinema was in danger of stalling in its default mode - classy crowd-pleasing, with award-worthy millinery - along comes Neds to give it a rude and vital kick up the rear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 20, 2011
Mullan somehow manages to keep the entire film literally on a knife edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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