Somers Town

2008, Comedy/Drama, 1h 15m

55 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Shane Meadows hits the spot with this short but sweet slice of good natured comedy, surprisingly, as it's essentially an extended black & white advert for a train station. Read critic reviews

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Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) has left his depressed English town and his deadbeat dad to try and make it in London. There he befriends Marek (Piotr Jagiello), a budding young photographer who lives with his alcoholic father. Since Marek's dad notices little of what is going on around him, Tomo quietly moves in, and the boys deepen their bond. But when they both fall for the same girl, a local barmaid named Maria (Elisa Lasowski), and Marek's dad gets wise to his new tenant, the friendship is tested.

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Critic Reviews for Somers Town

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (2)

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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/5
  • Turgoose continues to convince as a kid whose personality wavers daily if not hourly, while Jagiello playfully suggests that Marek is becoming the perfect straight man.

    September 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Somers Town is a small-scale jewel that will surprise you with its buoyant look at blighted lives.

    August 28, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Somers Town is a funny and endearing character comedy whose extra-brief, 70-minute running time proves perfectly adequate for its slender, episodic story.

    August 7, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • However thin, the story of these rootless youths, estranged from mothers and native cities, has a certain universality and appeal.

    July 30, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/5
  • Turgoose continues to convince as a kid whose personality wavers daily if not hourly, while Jagiello playfully suggests that Marek is becoming the perfect straight man.

    September 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Somers Town is a small-scale jewel that will surprise you with its buoyant look at blighted lives.

    August 28, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • An amusing tale of new friendships and lust set in and around St Pancras International. This is Meadows' most feel-good outing and a pleasant return to irreverent comedy.

    November 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Shares a gentle, observant tone with the early films of Ken Loach.

    May 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Somers Town

  • May 17, 2012
    Unique and beautiful cinematography. It gave the film a weird yet cool feel to it. What I noticed right away was that this film shined in its writing department. This featured great character development. I got to know a lot about the characters and their motives. It did struck me as awkward as to how close these two boys became friends so fast and even shared something that most men don't share. If you don't know what I'm talking about you have to see it for yourself. Their dialogue contributed to their development so much I had trouble keeping up. As for the plot it was okay. It could have been better, all they had to do was extend the running time. The direction could have been better. It lacked in camera work but it wasn't to much of a bummer. The production values where good. It was a good idea to have the last scene in color and make it look like it was filmed using a camcorder. If you're into film festival worthy films then this one is for you.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2010
    In "Somers Town," teenaged Tomo(Thomas Turgoose) is having a hard time in London, having just run away from his native Nottingham. Soon after his arrival, he is beaten up and robbed of all his belongings. Marek(Piotr Jagiello) is also new to London from Poland, along with his father(Ireneusz Czop), a railway worker. In order to blend in better, he has been given a counterfeit Arsenal T-shirt from Graham(Perry Benson) for services rendered to cover up the Manchester United one he was wearing. Marek still stands out enough with his photos of Maria(Elisa Lasowski), a French waitress, to catch Tomo's attention in a cafe. While so light and insubstantial that it is almost instantly forgettable, "Somers Town" does manage to convey some serious thoughts about the difficulties of adjusting to a new life in the big city. Tomo has a tough time of it because he is alone(He knows Jane(Kate Dickie), who is old enough to be his mother, but if she is a relation, wouldn't she call his parents?). On the other hand, Marek and his father do not even have English as a first language, alhtough they are quick learners from unusual sources, but they have each other at least, even as homesickness might take hold from time to time.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2010
    Well..this is a fine example of a really nice little film that I'm not sure why I liked. But I did. Alot. I thought that the antics of these two boys were really entertaining. I like the whole feel of the movie, soundtrack and all.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2010
    Another great film from Shayne Meadows (This is England). It tells a story of an unlikely friendship formed by two guys, one who is running from his home in Nottingham, to London and the other who, originally from Poland, lives in a flat with his dad. They get up to the usual things kids get up to but they bond over their shared love for a girl. The film is only just over an hour in length but it is still captivating (especially seeing as it is filmed in black and white) and it is nice to see other members of This is England in other roles. This is a good film whether you know who Shayne Meadows is or not.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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