Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 85
    The most poignant (if hard-hitting) depiction of childhood to show up this year.
  2. 80
    Indeed, one of the nicest things about this jewel of a film is that there isn't much of a story at all -- just a handful of delicately drawn characters moving through life that is at once familiar and yet slightly elevated by a director who loves the good in people more than the bad.
  3. An assured, graceful instance of effective screen storytelling, and Meadows draws splendid performances from his cast, especially from the young Shim and Marshall.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    80
    By turns amusing, touching and horrifying, A Room For Romeo Brass is a film that defies expectation at every turn.
  5. A quirky little film with an offbeat trajectory that rattles through the bones of story with eyes open to the texture of experience and the dimensions of character.
  6. 75
    Effortless in the way it insinuates itself into these families, touching in the way it shows how fiercely Romeo and Knocks are, despite everything, their own little men.
  7. Reviewed by: Loren King
    75
    Offers an honest, understated and unsentimental look at a small incident in the course of a friendship - but it is the kind of incident that defines most childhoods.
  8. Proceeds with an episodic pace, full of narrative twists and turns that clearly are not pretested by a Hollywood committee. Things feel sort of strange and original all at once.
  9. 70
    A sense of authenticity overshadows any contrivance in this subtly classic drama.
  10. 70
    So low-key it could be mistaken for a throwaway. But Meadows's understanding of childhood fears and fantasies and the yearning, heartfelt performances he draws from his two young actors should not be underestimated.
  11. A bitter, black and oddly beautiful story.
  12. It is essentially a personal reminiscence of daily life that captures with an astonishing precision exactly what it felt to be a 12-year- old boy growing up in a particular time and place.
  13. Meadows is very good with the boys' relationship, and achieves his and Fraser's central goal of showing how childhood bonds can be simultaneously fragile and strong.
  14. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    An easygoing kitchen-sink comedy with an unsettling final act.
  15. 50
    Fairly shapeless story.
  16. More and more independent filmmakers seem to be cobbling together characters and scenes that have surface hook and flash without organic emotional logic.
  17. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    40
    A kitchen-sink realist coming-of-age story in the venerable British tradition, with all the good and bad that entails.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 7, 2013
    9
    Meadows' understanding of everyday life portrayal is unparalleled. His partial use of improvisation induce a strong realism and hilarity intoMeadows' understanding of everyday life portrayal is unparalleled. His partial use of improvisation induce a strong realism and hilarity into every scene. Seemingly with ease, he blends this with serious, and sometimes sinister, undertones which possess the same authenticity. The result is an unpretentious, honest and overall, touching film. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2010
    8
    Shane Meadows on form with this moving & occasionally disturbing film based, like most of his stuff, in the East Midlands.
    Acting is top notch
    Shane Meadows on form with this moving & occasionally disturbing film based, like most of his stuff, in the East Midlands.
    Acting is top notch as you would expect but I was still in awe at how good Paddy Considine is as the unhinged yet childlike Morrell.
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