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  • Summary: Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they must raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high stakes heist, and a beautiful, stoned girl whose necklace is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City. [IFC Films] Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jun 11, 2013
    Gimme the Loot is thrilling, although there aren't any stereotypically "thrilling" sequences. The thrill comes from the compulsively watchable dynamic between the two leads (non-professional actors, both of them), the excellent supporting cast (also non-professionals), and the fun use of multiple locations throughout the bustling metropolis.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 15, 2013
    Leon has a marvelous and rare eye for blending staged dramatic sequences into documentary settings, from barrio bodegas to high-rise penthouses. He often films in extended, unbroken takes, and this gives the actors a chance to work up their own distinctive rhythms.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 28, 2013
    This is a true New York movie, though in its ear and eye for atmospheric beauty it feels more French.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Mar 21, 2013
    Leon’s grungy resume indie is a conscientiously modest deal in the end, with a sweet, mumblecoresque ending, but it glows with unmistakable star power.
  5. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Apr 29, 2013
    Funny and freewheeling, it's a joy.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 4, 2013
    The pair are scrappy and smart and riff off each other like a no-budget, indie version of Tracy and Hepburn. It's impossible not to like them, and there's absolutely no reason not to.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 3, 2013
    Some of the movie doesn't exactly convince, and some of the scenes have an actors-improv feel to them, but there's always plenty of humour and energy.

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  1. May 7, 2013
    Two Bronx teenagers see themselves as great grafitti writers, so they set out with a plan. Along the way, things go in different directions. These two charming actors (Tashiana Washington & Ty Hickson) are loaded with charisma and charm, which is good since the whole film revolves around them. There's not really a plot, just a string of things that happen. The cinematography is washed out and grainy (no excuse in this day of digital imaging), but the energy is undeniable. It's a plucky little diversion if you want a peek into the fast-talking, profanity-laden, legally-loose world of urban street life. Expand