Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 50
    Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out.
  2. The pacing soon grows dull and the frequent narration is a nonstop string of clichés, platitudes, and truisms that should have been flung out the cutting-room window.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Overall, it's a seriously flawed but impressive and promising debut.
  4. But the film has a poetic pulse, its ups and downs accompanied by some smartly chosen pop songs, a seductive original score and McKidd's husky voice-over narration.
  5. A pretty ugly movie in its own right.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    The highly directed film adopts a semi-impressionistic approach more European than British in flavor, aided by a terrific central performance by Kevin McKidd and painterly lensing by John Rhodes.
  7. 70
    16 Years' greatest asset may be its star: Trainspotting's McKidd, coiled and queasy, transcends the dubious romanticism and hard-man clichés of his role -- he exudes a commanding air of constancy in a film that teeters between the rapturous and the ridiculous.
  8. The tedium of this antidrinking hoodlum's tale inspires the wrong kind of longing entirely.
  9. A full-flavored, absorbing tragedy.
  10. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    60
    Episodic and patchy, but well acted and heartfelt.

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