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  • Summary: Hallam Foe is a troubled young man whose knack for voyeurism paradoxically reveals his darkest fears, and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother’s death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city of Edinburgh for love. Featuring a lively soundtrack with Franz Ferdinand, Sons and Daughters and Orange Juice among others, Mister Foe is a darkly twisted, entertaining work of magical realism from one of the leading lights of the new Scottish cinema. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Most entertaining comic drama with a great turn by Jamie Bell.
  2. 75
    Especially worthwhile for the chemistry between Bell and Myles.
  3. 70
    The emotions are as gritty as the Edinburgh locales, and the sex is dark, urgent, and deeply selfish.
  4. 70
    May not be entirely original or entirely successful, but it's definitely fun to watch.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    60
    Ultimately Mackenzie's tidy resolutions undercut the psychological depth, but as offbeat coming-of-age yarns go, Mister Foe has a commanding fleetness.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    60
    This Scottish film often pushes for realism, though its stylish tones fall back on whimsy.
  7. Jamie Bell gives a watchable performance in this self-conscious, coming-of-age drama, though the film's overall effect is best described as David Lynch lite.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 22, 2013
    3
    Maybe I just wasn't intelligent enough to get this movie, but to me, Mister Foe was just weird and twisted. Jamie Bell (who I'll always associate with Billy Elliott) was phenomenal as Hallam Foe, a seventeen year old voyeur, whose mother had recently committed suicide. Unable to cope, Hallam leaves for the big city, where he finds a woman who looks eerily similar to his mother and Hallam starts spying on her. I get that this film was supposed to be coming of age, sophisticated, and meaningful, but honestly, I just found it creepy. The film was choppy, extremely slow, and just when you thought something was going to happen, it doesn't. In Mister Foe, Jamie Bell really does show just how good an actor he has become. Aside from that, this movie is just weird. Expand

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