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  • Summary: Kevin McKidd plays Frankie, in this semi-autobiographical tale expressed mainly in flashbacks. As a grown man, Frankie is faced with the choice of falling backwards into alcohol-soaked violence, or facing up to his dubious past. To do this, he has to explore what led him there and break the cycle in which he finds himself trapped, if he is to achieve his dream of finding (and keeping) true love. (Tartan Films) Collapse
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A full-flavored, absorbing tragedy.
  4. The tedium of this antidrinking hoodlum's tale inspires the wrong kind of longing entirely.
  5. A pretty ugly movie in its own right.
  6. 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.
  7. 50
    Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out.

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