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Sweet Sixteen Reviews

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
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 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 13, 2003
The film is so alive, the performances so urgent and convincing, that it's as if Loach had just discovered the subject matter.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 13, 2003
The movie's performances have a simplicity and accuracy that is always convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2003
A beautiful, grim tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2003
Ideology is manifested as empathy, rather than polemic, and the result is a lean, powerful little film that's more about people than politics.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 12, 2003
It's a harsh, terrible story of a rite of passage, a boy's love and a journey to hell, and it's so brilliantly told that we feel the cold above and the all-consuming flames beneath.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2003
A grim and gripping story.
June 6, 2003
The casting is impeccable, the dialogue raw and the impenetrable Glaswegian brogue is wisely translated with English subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2003
A classic.
June 5, 2003
Mixes the bitter with the sweet and stays in the mind because it refuses to succumb to the cynicism that surrounds its protagonist.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 1, 2003
Compston's performance and the downer milieu, presented with appropriate paint-peeling profanity, are more than enough to keep an audience riveted and ultimately moved close to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 30, 2003
There's a raw, uncensored power here -- in the film in general and in newcomer Compston in particular.
Read More | Original Score: B-
May 27, 2003
[I]t's a tough film to watch, but so well done.
May 22, 2003
Confident, uncompromising and blisteringly realistic, Sweet Sixteen is a gritty and immediate film yet it goes right to the emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2003
Loach may be best known for staunchly political films like Bread and Roses, but in many ways Sweet Sixteen is a throwback to his other pictures, grittier slice-of- life films like My Name Is Joe.
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.
May 16, 2003
Mr. Loach once again reaffirms his honored position as one of the world's most passionate and compassionate filmmakers.
May 16, 2003
It's impossible to tell the experienced from the inexperienced among Loach's casts.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
Mr. Compston's untamed star power gives the movie a heart, a sweetness that makes the title heartfelt and not just cheaply ironic.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 16, 2003
Ken Loach's most effective film since My Name Is Joe.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
[Loach] allows us to look into lives we would otherwise ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2003
One more feather in the proudly proletarian cap of Ken Loach.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2003
A story of particularly streamlined, eloquent despair.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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 13, 2003
Loach's latest adheres so closely to his long-established narrative pattern -- overdetermined case study crowned with a morbid jolt -- that viewers might underestimate its wit, empathy, and careful characterizations.
June 5, 2002
Campston, who has never acted before, is a natural.