Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jun 11, 2013
    100
    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: Noel Murray
    Mar 20, 2013
    91
    It’s a bright, lively movie, with a vision of New York as a multicultural free-for-all, where everybody’s always looking to see what they can take from everybody else.
  3. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Mar 15, 2013
    91
    Gimme The Loot involves drug-dealing, constant foul language and vandalism, but Hickson and Washington, both attractive and charismatic enough to be stars, carry the film with an air of lightweight pleasure, keeping it light and bouncy.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 15, 2013
    91
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 28, 2013
    90
    Filmmaker Leon has deftly structured Gimme the Loot as a picaresque tale, an anecdotal, observational film that introduces us to all manner of eccentric and original characters. Will Malcolm and Sophia get what they want, what they need, or something in between? The only sure thing is that being along for the ride is pleasure of the most unexpected sort.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Mar 15, 2013
    90
    While Leon’s script can’t help but be episodic as the characters scheme their way out of one scrape after another, their shenanigans are compulsively watchable, brimming with enough details to make this modest film grow large in the memory.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 28, 2013
    88
    This is a true New York movie, though in its ear and eye for atmospheric beauty it feels more French.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 21, 2013
    88
    Instead of the easy attitudinizing that is the default position for teen comedies, Gimme the Loot fills each frame with raw talent and exuberance.
  9. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 21, 2013
    85
    Leon isn't a flashy director, but he has an excellent sense of proportion. Gimme the Loot unfolds in a series of loose, funny, naturalistic scenes, but they never trail off into improvisational vapors.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 2, 2013
    83
    To top it all off, the movie ends with one of the best covers of "I Shall Be Released" you'll hear, courtesy of gospel singer Marion Williams.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 20, 2013
    83
    A true New York City movie, alive every minute. There’s some Woody Allen in its veins, but it’s driven more by the free-for-all spirit you find in pictures like Peter Sollett’s 2002 “Raising Victor Vargas” and Spike Lee’s 1986 “She’s Gotta Have It.”
  12. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 15, 2013
    83
    A stitched-together combo of outlaw energy and bittersweet romance that gives the impression of Little Rascals in the big city. Like the graffiti art it documents, it's a lovingly handmade affair.
  13. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Aug 28, 2013
    80
    Full of ear-pleasing lines and obscure R&B tunes, it’s colourful, casual and full of flavour. An unexpected treat.
  14. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Apr 29, 2013
    80
    Funny and freewheeling, it's a joy.
  15. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Director Adam Leon, 31, has slyly and reverentially crafted a perfect New York movie, including the class tensions, relentless hustling and spontaneous connections that best define the exuberant strain of the city. The soundtrack, filled with mostly soul oldies, somehow feels exactly right for the sweaty New York summer of this scrappy kid-venture.
  16. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Gimme the Loot has a lot to say about the contradictions of a place that is defined by both abundant opportunity and ferocious inequality. But the film makes its points in a lighthearted, street-smart vernacular, treating its protagonists not as embodiments of a social condition but rather as self-aware individuals who are, like teenagers everywhere, both smart and dumb.
  17. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Mar 21, 2013
    80
    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.
  18. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 19, 2013
    80
    These two trash-talkin’ Picassos may or may not end up getting their due, but Leon and his two extraordinary actors (especially Washington) have already put us squarely on the side of the beautiful losers regardless.
  19. Reviewed by: Monica Riese
    May 15, 2013
    78
    First-time feature director Adam Leon’s shots are precise and full of detail; it almost doesn’t even matter what’s being said (which is good, because the dialogue sounds stilted at times). What’s important is the art, and Leon and his leads have a palpable passion for it, but they also aren’t afraid to stop and smell the carnations along the way.
  20. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 4, 2013
    75
    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.
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 4, 2013
    75
    Mostly it’s a footloose tour through the noise and sun of a summer metropolis and an unassumingly wise portrait of a friendship.
  22. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 22, 2013
    75
    The young, novice actors are charming, but they haven’t completely mastered the art of natural-sounding dialogue.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Mar 20, 2013
    75
    It’s funny as hell, sometimes too self-consciously “indie” — but it leaves us with a final shot as perfect as anything I’ve seen to close a movie in quite some time.
  24. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 28, 2013
    70
    Little by little, though, the cluelessness grew endearing, the cross-purpose conversations intricately funny, the gritty look appealing.
  25. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 8, 2013
    70
    Writer-director Adam Leon’s debut feature, Gimme the Loot, is a scrappy, funny, warmly observed delight from start to finish.
  26. Mar 8, 2013
    63
    A nose-to-the-ground portrait of two believably aspirational protagonists and their constant hustle to make good on the movie's eponymous demand.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 3, 2013
    60
    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.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 7, 2013
    5
    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. Full Review »