16 Years of Alcohol


Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

Critic Reviews

  1. A full-flavored, absorbing tragedy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out.
  5. A pretty ugly movie in its own right.
  6. 50
    Overall, it's a seriously flawed but impressive and promising debut.
  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. 60
    Episodic and patchy, but well acted and heartfelt.
  9. The tedium of this antidrinking hoodlum's tale inspires the wrong kind of longing entirely.
  10. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    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.

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