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  • Summary: In an austere and remote all girls boarding school, the most elite clique of girls are the illustrious members of the schools’ diving team. DI, LILY, POPPY, LAUREL, ROSIE and FUZZY. The girls compete for the attention of their glamorous teacher MISS G, and MISS G in turn thrives on the attention she receives from her girls and believes it is her role to teach them the ways of the world. When a beautiful Spanish girl, FIAMMA, arrives at the school and joins the diving team. DI, pulls rank as team captain and lays down the rules in an attempt to assert her position but MISS G is spellbound by FIAMMA’s beauty and maturity and becomes obsessed with her new favourite girl. (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 12, 2011
    75
    The simmering rivalry between Di and Fiamma, inflamed by the kind of glimpsed indiscretion that makes adolescent melodramas tick, explodes in a thriller ending that turns an observant coming-of-age story into something resembling "The Lord of the Flies."
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    Cracks stumbles down the stretch, when the melodrama finally washes in and the behavior becomes more extreme.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 6, 2011
    75
    The movie's realistic portrayal of the ingredients that can lead to bullying and other forms of unkindness inflicted on outsiders by those in power, speaks strongly to viewers watching in the 21st century.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 15, 2011
    50
    May not appeal to every taste, but it marks an arresting feature debut for Jordan Scott, a director who is well worth watching.
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    May 12, 2011
    50
    While Scott's movie has a consistent aura, it lacks a consistent tone. What are we to make of the movie, gauzy as a mist-shrouded lake and brutal as "Lord of the Flies?"
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Mar 15, 2011
    50
    Scott excels in maintaining a low, persistent hum of eroticism whose purpose is not titillation or camp.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 15, 2011
    40
    Cracks simply doesn't make the grade.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 11, 2012
    8
    This movie turned out to be pretty disturbing at times. Especially the part where Miss G is molesting Fiamma. And where all the girls go skinny dipping. Although, that part is pretty enjoyable at the same time. The film is not as dramatic as I thought it would be. But the acting is nice. Eva Green is pretty good. As well as Juno Temple. My only acting complaint is on the acting of Imogen Poots. Her acting is the weakest and her character's attitude makes it easy for you to hate her. Overall, I enjoyed the film. But, it is a bit too slow and rare for most viewers. Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2012
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A moody sensual film exploring passions at a girls boarding school. Ms Green does well with the confused lead character. There is no depth to why she is as she is. The sexual relationship borders on the creepy as the girls figure to be early to mid-teens. The story is predictable so the acting must win out. It almost does, but not quite. It is two films. the first half is spirited, open; the sexual tension on the surface. But I feel what is coming. The letter half becomes dark as the real Miss G comes out. I did not feel empathetic towards her just that she should be locked up before doing harm, but alas too late. The girls perfectly played with just a touch of Lord Of The Flies. C- Expand

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