Shell Reviews

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 24, 2013
The deer-skinning scene will have everyone worshipping their supermarket packets more than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
March 15, 2013
With a remarkably vivid sense of life in rural Scotland, this tightly contained drama is an impressive debut for writer-director Graham.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
March 15, 2013
This is a sensitive and intelligent film but so slow-burning that sometimes it seems to stop dead in its tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 15, 2013
A sensitive, unflinching exploration of bleak lives Shell marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice in British cinema and a striking young performer in Chloe Pirrie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
March 14, 2013
A hushed and haunting coming-of-age drama, pungently played out in the remote Scottish highlands, where the wind boings off the microphone and passing lorries set the crockery rattling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 14, 2013
[A] strange and poignant film, in which tragedy grows from smallest seeds of foible and foreboding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
March 14, 2013
Shell, the captivating debut from the young Scottish filmmaker Scott Graham, finds claustrophobia in the widest-open landscape, and isolation in the closest-knit relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 12, 2013
'Shell' never fully comes to life. And while Pirrie is brilliant, at 25, I didn't buy her as a teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 10, 2013
A father and daughter run a petrol station in the Highlands, but their relationship is fuelled by something more unsettling, in Scott Graham's promising feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine
March 10, 2013
Scott Graham's haunting, minimalist debut grips from the outset with startling photography and an attention-grabbing turn from newbie actress Chloe Pirrie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
March 1, 2013
It's refreshing to see a British film in which place and character are so entwined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Bett
The Skinny
February 27, 2013
Scott Graham's excellent debut feature is a triumph, a film which troubles the mind for days after viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 24, 2012
Scott Graham's striking debut oozes atmosphere and is well worth the slow-burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 17, 2012
Engaging and intense coming-of-age drama that marks out both actress Chloe Pirrie and writer-director Scott Graham as future British talents to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Mortimer
HeyUGuys
October 17, 2012
Shell is an excellent film with some truly fantastic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 29, 2012
Isolation rules and comfort is cold in Scott Graham's gripping and emotionally tense feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 14, 2013
A decent effort and director Scott Graham is one to watch, but this is far from a fully formed drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Hannah McGill
The List
February 18, 2013
Perhaps it's appropriate to a degree given the film's desolate and unpopulated setting, but there isn't quite enough content here to fill out feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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