Urban Hymn (2017)
Critic Consensus: 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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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!"
"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.
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.
Music redeems an at-risk teen in "Urban Hymn," a social-problem melodrama whose other major characters don't fare so well.
The fight scenes are nasty, the language is harsh and the three leads are utterly convincing.
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