Critics Consensus

Yardie proves debuting director Idris Elba has a distinctive eye that benefits from a strong personal connection to his material, even if the end results are somewhat uneven.



Total Count: 72


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Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).


Critic Reviews for Yardie

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (19)

  • The acting is decent, the cinematography is well executed, and the music is on point, but the delivery and the tone are completely mismatched.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While "Yardie" hits familiar beats, viewers get the sense they're on Elba's turf.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • What sets Elba's movie apart is the distinctive world he creates, in the rhythm of the music, in the raw, gritty poetry of the language, and in the powerful mythology it mines.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is saddled with an extraneous narration that mercilessly distracts the viewer.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Yardie is a sprawling drug-world saga, but whatever narrative flaws it has are helped out by an infectious selection of dub-heavy reggae tracks and an authentically gritty sense of period and place.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Headley's book is a hard nugget crackling with urgency. This feels like soft-boiled pulp.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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