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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 ofMalcolm 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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  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Apr 29, 2013
    80
    Funny and freewheeling, it's a joy.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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.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

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