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5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9

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  1. MalcomM.
    Nov 1, 2005
    0
    Quite painful to watch as it must be painful for these young real rebellious kids to act. The in-your-face and hardcore directing of one of the loser kids forcefully swallowing/ gulping a load of ecstacy drugs in a small bag in order to pass thru security, shot in one take, including saliva and phlegm and all things fluid out from nose and mouth, says it all quite disgustingly and nasty. Quite painful to watch as it must be painful for these young real rebellious kids to act. The in-your-face and hardcore directing of one of the loser kids forcefully swallowing/ gulping a load of ecstacy drugs in a small bag in order to pass thru security, shot in one take, including saliva and phlegm and all things fluid out from nose and mouth, says it all quite disgustingly and nasty. Bold and unconventional for sure, but just not inspiring, especially in close-up. Go figure. The movie moves at snail's pace too. In summary, boring to the core. Even the reviews that rate it moderately seem overated. Expand
  2. DarylC.
    Jan 21, 2007
    5
    15 is a paradox. It is flawed, and is ironically superficial. However, it is also decidedly important for such a flawed film, as Tan attempts to make a film which discusses bold and controversial topics, marking an important step in the development of Singapore's film industry and exploring Singapore's censorship issues.
  3. johnb.
    Jun 1, 2005
    9
    An excellent and moving portrayal of teenage life in Singapore. Not too hard to pick fault with various aspects, but overall a beautifaul piece of work. Infinately superior to the usual Hollywood output that insults my intelligence on a regular basis.
  4. RogerT.
    Feb 28, 2006
    0
    Bland, boring and way over-rated.
  5. DickH.
    Nov 28, 2005
    10
    Great.
Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzmann
    60
    Directing real-life street kids, Tan abruptly shifts focus from one character to another, as if mimicking their impatience and short attention span, and like Godard he playfully subverts his own material by having actors address the camera directly, spouting cultural and political asides.
  2. The law of averages demands that every once in a while a movie must come along starring young nonprofessional actors who aren't very good. That's unfortunately the case in 15.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    It's not a pretty picture, but it's an important one.