Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 26, 2011
    100
    Starring a tough-minded band of scrappy teens who actually do some solving, it's the movie "Super 8" wanted to be - or should have been.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Jul 29, 2011
    90
    Boyega is absolutely riveting, leading with a stern glower, and constantly trying to prove himself. Yet Moses has a deep well of tenderness and honor beneath the façade, and Boyega almost single-handedly makes you care not just about his character, but about everyone in any gang that would align itself with him. He's that magnetic.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 28, 2011
    90
    This fabulously inventive debut feature, written and directed by the British comedian Joe Cornish, never flags.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Jul 26, 2011
    90
    The smartest, funniest cheap monster-movie import this side of June's "Trollhunter," Attack the Block is a near-perfectly balanced seasonal trifle: Anchored in social realism yet determinedly goofy, it's neither too eager for laughs nor overtly preachy.
  5. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Jul 24, 2011
    90
    Cornish's idiomatic dialogue is hilarious and the longtime comic's sense of timing is perfect.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 25, 2011
    88
    In the end, police descend on the block at the very moment their presence becomes irrelevant. They misinterpret everything; locals watch as they blame all the wrong people. Soon their flashing lights will drive away, and the block will go back to taking care of itself the best it can.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 28, 2011
    88
    It's hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite, baby.
  8. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Sep 8, 2011
    83
    A terrific midnight movie of the future -- a tough, funny, fast-moving and tightly constructed John Carpenter riff in which a bickering group fights a pack of space monsters in and around a single location.
  9. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 28, 2011
    83
    Attack The Block turns its modest budget into a virtue by focusing on character, especially the surprisingly charged, complicated dynamic between enemies-turned-allies Whittaker and Boyega.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Jul 27, 2011
    83
    There could be a few more scares and laughs, but it's a blast to be drawn into this urban ecosystem that is, to us Yanks, itself a bit alien.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Sep 5, 2011
    9
    In this imaginative variation of the classic theme, a South London gang takes on a small-scale alien invasion. These are just teenage punksIn this imaginative variation of the classic theme, a South London gang takes on a small-scale alien invasion. These are just teenage punks pitting their moxy and street skills against creatures that are vicious, but surprisingly vulnerable, kind of a dark (literally) versions of a Sendak beast. From the way the thugs talk to the racial/social themes, this film should gather a cult following for its originality. The action scenes are well-staged and the characters develop nicely. Give this a chance and it'll pay off! Full Review »
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    8
    This is raw, funny and not the run-of-the-mill. Subverting a genre is almost a cliche these days - this subverts the genre and manages to doThis is raw, funny and not the run-of-the-mill. Subverting a genre is almost a cliche these days - this subverts the genre and manages to do it without making the viewer yawn or sigh. Its good, so try it. Full Review »
  3. Jul 29, 2011
    8
    "Attack The Block" is a lot of fun. It's not a masterpiece, but it's what a lot of other bone-headed summer movies should be looking to for"Attack The Block" is a lot of fun. It's not a masterpiece, but it's what a lot of other bone-headed summer movies should be looking to for inspiration. It has a good balance of destruction, humor, and humanity, and that is what's lacking from most action/suspense/horror fare that we get now-a-days. There's always plenty of destruction, but none of the humanity, or actually funny humor for that matter. Give it a shot. Make the "Attack The Block's" creators' efforts worthwhile. And, maybe we'll get similar quality down the road. Full Review »