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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. Read critic reviews

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A man's quest for retribution brings him into conflict with a vicious London gangster.

Cast & Crew

Philips Nortey
Nico
Martin Stellman
Screenwriter
Mary Burke
Executive Producer
Hugo Heppell
Executive Producer
Dan MacRae
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Joe Oppenheimer
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Danny Perkins
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John Conroy
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Dickon Hinchliffe
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  • Fairly routine... I wish the ethnic aspects of this film had come to the fore more and that they had played down the druggie stuff that we had already seen a million times.

    September 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The acting is decent, the cinematography is well executed, and the music is on point, but the delivery and the tone are completely mismatched.

    March 15, 2019 | 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.

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While "Yardie" hits familiar beats, viewers get the sense they're on Elba's turf.

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The film is saddled with an extraneous narration that mercilessly distracts the viewer.

    March 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.

    March 14, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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