Sweet Sixteen - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sweet Sixteen Reviews

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January 18, 2013
...a better-than-average slice-of-life kitchen-sink drama that benefits substantially from Compston's star-making performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2005
Under Loach's deft hand, it feels indisputably real ... An undeniable downer, but hellaciously well acted, brimming with compassion, and relevant in a way that doesn't chafe.
December 11, 2004
Hollywood has manufactured a number of coming of age films of varying quality, yet it's difficult to think of one that tops this powerful character study
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 30, 2004
You want Liam to succeed. You want a happy ending. You want to try to understand the heavy Scottish accents without reading the subtitles mercifully provided by Loach.
January 30, 2004
Another fine Loach film that refuses to sentimentalize the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Compston is a real find.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
January 12, 2004
The story is extremely powerful. This is a very depressing film, but also very well crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 26, 2003
Its bleak tale was lightly delivered and filled with a wry Scottish wit and a poignant social realism that rang true.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 8, 2003
Sweet Sixteen is a wonderfully bittersweet effort, and one of Loach's best works.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 8, 2003
Loach tends to get a little preachy, but his skill is undeniable. His messages strike harsh and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2003
Using mostly unknown and first-time actors, Loach spins a passable coming-of-age tale, which should please his fans and provides a diversion for the rest of us.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2003
There are some terrific performances. Scottish TV star Compston makes Liam quite sympathetic; despite his character's many failings, you want the best for him and his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2003
The combination of its casual violence, its street sense and a loose cinematography makes the film feel like a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2003
Heartbreaking but ruthlessly honest, a mirror held up to contemporary life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 27, 2003
Despite this film's title, don't expect something light and fluffy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2003
From its gripping immediacy to its strong cast of unknowns, Sweet Sixteen feels almost like a documentary. Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty keep an evenhanded focus on harsh truths, and avoid melodrama and grandstanding.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 25, 2003
Don't get too close; don't help out; let them make their own mistakes
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 20, 2003
There's a profane but strangely tender rawness to this sometimes brutal movie, anchored by Compston's remarkably assured debut performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 20, 2003
A raw movie, but it relies on the natural appeal of its main character and the skill with which Loach creates a thoroughly believable environment.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 20, 2003
It may be Loach's saddest film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 20, 2003
[Liam's] bleak story is a compelling one, but more tiring than inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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