Urban Hymn

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Urban Hymn follows a familiar outline, but does so with enough palpable feeling that it's easy to forgive the film's flaws.

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Total Count: 26

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A redemptive coming of age story about a wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright), who is encouraged by an inspiring and unconventional social worker Kate (Shirley Henderson), to use singing as an escape from her troubled background. Jamie's loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

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  • An unimaginative drama, carried by solid acting ... but let down by an unspectacular script that includes lines such as, "surviving and living are two different things!"

    May 12, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Urban Hymn" is so carefully and lovingly made by director Michael Caton-Jones and his leads that it's hard to begrudge the British drama its familiar premise, especially as you squint at the screen through tears.

    May 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • What begins as a gritty, documentary-style dive into the young women's world -- they're introduced as looters during the 2011 Tottenham riots -- quickly devolves into a Lifetime movie.

    May 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Music redeems an at-risk teen in "Urban Hymn," a social-problem melodrama whose other major characters don't fare so well.

    May 11, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The fight scenes are nasty, the language is harsh and the three leads are utterly convincing.

    May 10, 2017 | Full Review…
  • In all, there are strong individual performances from a stellar cast, restrained by a narrative that -- though honest and heartfelt -- is regretfully tenuous and jazz-handsy.

    May 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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