Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    Oct 28, 2010
    91
    Down Terrace is so intimate and hilariously offhanded (a hit man shows up for a job pushing his 3-year-old in a stroller) that it is all the more shocking when murderous violence finally erupts about halfway through.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 27, 2010
    91
    A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.
  3. 80
    This muted mobster story reminds us that the ties that bind can also gag you, garrote you and slowly deaden your soul.
  4. Down Terrace is long on talk but generates its own internal rhythms and pace that makes it feel bracing and vibrantly alive.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Feb 17, 2011
    75
    It's hard to decide what's worse about this feral clan residing in Brighton, England: their unspecified criminal enterprises, their penchant for bloody vengeance or their twisted family dynamic.
  6. 75
    It's full of funny stuff, from a hitman forced to drag along his 3-year-old when he can't get a sitter, to one of the goons being asked, "Do you have a Web presence?"
  7. 75
    When Down Terrace gets in a good groove, Wheatley and Hill's dialogue is both funny and pointed.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 22, 2010
    70
    When it's all over and you don't have to spend any more time smoking pot with Karl and Bill in their horrid little house, you may feel the elation of tragic catharsis. Then again, you may feel as if you just drank a bottle of drain opener; the difference between those states is subtle.
  9. The production comes by its authenticity naturally -- and not only because several of the cast members (fascinating faces all) happen to be related.
  10. Down Terrace has frequently been appreciated as "The Sopranos meets Mike Leigh." But a more fruitful comparison might be to last year's stand-out British satire "In the Loop": In both films, verbal aggression makes for the biggest laughs and the surest signs of moral decay.
  11. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    Cleverly channeling gangster tropes through a British kitchen-sink soap opera, TV scribe-helmer Ben Wheatley has concocted a nifty black comedy, with a little help from his friends, in Down Terrace.
  12. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    60
    The father and son chemistry give this blackly-comic slice of social realism a dose of Ealing-lite wit.
  13. However persuasively acted, this mélange of cinéma vérité, slapstick and murder - whose story has a lot in common with the recent Australian gangster film "Animal Kingdom" - has too many narrative gaps for its pieces to cohere satisfactorily.
  14. Strong performances and understated cinematography help balance the self-conscious editing, but ultimately the entire affair feels false.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 21, 2013
    7
    This film was billed as a comedy but I found it so darkly comic that I could almost take it as a straight-up drama. All the performances were excellent with both Robert and Robin Hill putting in stellar turns. A cross between a kitchen sink drama and a fly-on-the-wall documentary, I found the filming style made for a compelling watch. Unfortunately there were a couple of niggles. They are supposed to be drug dealers but we see no drug dealing going on. Also, the police were very conspicuous by their absence; not one policeman seen al the way through. You’d have thought the police would definitely be watching someone with their track record. Other than that I found it an interesting and compelling watch. Just a word for the squeamish though, Ben Wheatley does not hold back on the violence. There are a couple of quite graphic scenes in there that might have you wincing.

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

    My score: 7.1/10.
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  2. Apr 13, 2011
    7
    Downbeat, laced with mordant wit and dark as can be: a tale of small criminals in a confined environment, family fortunes, and escalating paranoia between father, mother and son. A slow-growing film which is a million miles away from gormless Guy Richie's Brit-trash flicks; the naturalistic acting and dialogue lend it an almost documentary feel and flashes of often absurd humour lift the grimness. It's one of those unusual films that you may have to watch all the way through before you can make a judgment. Watch it all the way through: it's worth it. Full Review »