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Sweet Sixteen Reviews

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June 13, 2003
Director Ken Loach often examines the lives of Britain's downtrodden, but in Sweet Sixteen his bleakness becomes too familiar.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2003
[Liam's] bleak story is a compelling one, but more tiring than inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 5, 2002
Anchored by the amazing Martin Compston, a 17-year-old professional footballer who successfully navigates every turn in his character's emotional journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2003
The movie's performances have a simplicity and accuracy that is always convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2003
Yes, this is a political movie (at least it has a political viewpoint), but, more than that, it's a character study of an individual who will not easily be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2003
It has a humane grasp of the pleasures kids create even under hellish conditions and of their adaptive capacity to craft a life out of the materials available.
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
June 5, 2002
Campston, who has never acted before, is a natural.
May 27, 2003
[I]t's a tough film to watch, but so well done.
June 20, 2003
It may be Loach's saddest film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2003
A classic.
June 13, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 6, 2003
Resembles classics like Hawks' Scarface, Walsh's White Heat, and any of a handful of James Cagney or Edward G. Robinson gangster films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2003
Sweet Sixteen is a wonderfully bittersweet effort, and one of Loach's best works.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 3, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2002
This film resonates with truth and feeling without ever preaching.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 24, 2003
While Larry Clark sensationalizes the plight of children, British neo-realist Ken Loach merely presents. His portraits of the working class don't condescend to the struggles and determinations of working class life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2003
Sweet Sixteen is a gritty film directed by Ken Loach about the spiritual dynamics of hope in the life of a resourceful and brave teenager living in poverty in Glasgow, Scotland.
May 29, 2003
At once a well spun story, a poignant and moving character study, and an indictment of contemporary society's indifference to the plight of the underprivileged.
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