Yardie Reviews

September 24, 2019
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.
March 15, 2019
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
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
While "Yardie" hits familiar beats, viewers get the sense they're on Elba's turf.
March 15, 2019
The film is saddled with an extraneous narration that mercilessly distracts the viewer.
March 14, 2019
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
Headley's book is a hard nugget crackling with urgency. This feels like soft-boiled pulp.
March 14, 2019
Elba brings care to the film's performances, period look and musical elements. But the freeze frames, needless voice-over bits and stalled narrative momentum undercut the picture's potential power and uniqueness.
March 14, 2019
Elba grew up in Hackney, and also worked as a D.J., and his familiarity with the community is visible in the movie's evocation of a tumultuous world suffused with lowlife scheming and thumping tunes.
March 12, 2019
Elba has a nice day job acting and he ought to stick with it.
March 12, 2019
The chances taken by Yardie compensate for the weakness resulting from a derivative story.
September 5, 2018
If [Elba's] first film often looks good and always sounds great, beneath its skin it is short of heart and soul.
August 30, 2018
Cosy clichés such as these undercut the rawness of the material - which is a shame, because Elba's visual sense and handling of actors suggest a strong future behind the camera. At least it shows he's human.
August 30, 2018
Enjoyable, but so deeply conventional that it feels a little played out.
August 29, 2018
Ahead, its own distinctive, rewarding path; on all other sides, several hundred yards of crime-movie cliche. At most of these junctures, Elba makes the right choice.
January 29, 2018
As it stands, Yardie seldom amounts to anything more than a collection of vaguely related scenes, simultaneously both too muddled and too straightforward to have any resonance beyond the moment at hand.
Top Critic
January 26, 2018
"Yardie" has the right look, the right sound and the right moves to play with the bigger boys of its genre; like its young, scrappy but naive hero, however, there's not quite enough power behind its posturing.
January 24, 2018
It's a pedestrian effort that could have used a serious hit of Elba's dangerous charisma onscreen.
January 22, 2018
Throughout the messy experience of "Yardie," [Idris] Elba's interest in storytelling gets ahead of his lacking visual instincts. Though I'm curious to see what story he tells next, Elba proves to not yet have an original voice behind the camera.
January 22, 2018
It's never quite clear what is driving D, or if he has some sort of master plan. Despite copious amount of voiceover narration, it's unclear what his intentions are.