Sweet Sixteen - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sweet Sixteen Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury
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.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
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+
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
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.
Dan Jardine
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 12, 2004
The story is extremely powerful. This is a very depressing film, but also very well crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
David Cornelius
October 8, 2003
Sweet Sixteen is a wonderfully bittersweet effort, and one of Loach's best works.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 11, 2003
Heartbreaking but ruthlessly honest, a mirror held up to contemporary life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 27, 2003
Despite this film's title, don't expect something light and fluffy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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.
| Original Score: B+
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 20, 2003
There's a profane but strangely tender rawness to this sometimes brutal movie, anchored by Compston's remarkably assured debut performance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 20, 2003
It may be Loach's saddest film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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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