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  • Summary: In the harsh streets of Philadelphia, the lives of strangers intersect in a bold and moving semi-autobiographical tale that crosscuts between the many people (adults, teenagers, and children alike) who struggle in the face of poverty, drugs and the human connection. (Peace Arch Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    70
    Webber's way with his young cast is as unforced as the movie itself, which easily could have been overwrought and maudlin but is instead oddly affirming.
  2. Webber has a knack for bringing out actors at their showiest, but he palms off too much first-draft sketchiness as ''ambiguity.''
  3. There's a lot of rambling and shambling going on in these overlapping stories, often to the point where Explicit Ills no longer feels like it has a point.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    60
    A tender ensemble slice of inner-city Philly life.
  5. 60
    As a look at the disenfranchised of America, Explicit Ills could use some work. As a debut, however, it's quite promising. I'm looking forward to seeing what Webber comes up with next.
  6. It's a beautiful message: surely there's no arguing with "Hey, hey, ho, ho, poverty has got to go!" But there is much to argue with, and much to regret, about a film whose director thinks he needs to drop an anvil on our heads when art would suffice.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    40
    Undone by a deadly twofer: lack of trust in characterization coupled with single-minded faith in spelled-out messages.

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  1. JayH.
    Jul 9, 2009
    5
    Well acted but the movie is far from exciting and for me it moved along at a snails pace. The Philadelphia setting added nothing to the film. Fair at best. Expand

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