Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
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  1. Most entertaining comic drama with a great turn by Jamie Bell.
  2. Unlike any coming-of-age movie you've seen before. Equal parts sweet and perverse, this Scottish film is unpredictable in places where it might be twee, and subversively fanciful in others where it might be punishing.
  3. 75
    Especially worthwhile for the chemistry between Bell and Myles.
  4. Were it not for its pat resolutions, Mister Foe might deserve a mention alongside such classic psycho-sexual thrillers as "Vertigo" and "Peeping Tom." Instead, Mackenzie has reined in the strangeness to deliver a conventional, if better than average, mystery.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Tip-top performances, led by young British thesp Jamie Bell, and a deftly handled tone reflecting all the title teen's confused emotions make Hallam Foe a viewing delight.
  6. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    70
    The whole thing's poised uneasily somewhere between urban fairy tale and actual human psychodrama, never really landing in one place or the other.
  7. 70
    If the extremity of Hallam's temperament tests the limits of our sympathy as well as our credulity, Mr. Bell's ability to seem by turns sweet and scary prevents us from losing interest entirely.
  8. 70
    May not be entirely original or entirely successful, but it's definitely fun to watch.
  9. 70
    The emotions are as gritty as the Edinburgh locales, and the sex is dark, urgent, and deeply selfish.
  10. Thanks mainly to Bell's abundant charisma, Hallam makes for a strangely likable antihero.
  11. Reviewed by: Grant Butler
    67
    If you've been wondering what Billy Elliot would look like all grown up, naked or in a fetching frock, here's your chance.
  12. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    60
    An intriguing rites-of-passage story with a delirious, skewed perspective and an almost palpable sexual pulse.
  13. 60
    Mister Foe flirts too often with the unlikely and the foolish, yet there is something to admire in the nerve of its reckless characters, so uneasy in their skins.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    60
    This Scottish film often pushes for realism, though its stylish tones fall back on whimsy.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Not a movie to cozy up to. The twisted tale is only mildly intriguing, worth seeing mainly for the striking performance of Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Hallam Foe, a creepy teenage voyeur beset with an Oedipal complex.
  17. The film disappoints particularly in relation to "Young Adam," an earlier picture about sexual obsession from writer-director David Mackenzie; this one's more in line with the creamy tones and surface readings of "Asylum."
  18. 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.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User 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 alwaysMaybe 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. Full Review »
  2. JamesC
    Apr 6, 2009
    8
    This was a pleasant surprise. Sure there are maybe a few holes in the story but it has many clever inventions (the treehouse, hallam's This was a pleasant surprise. Sure there are maybe a few holes in the story but it has many clever inventions (the treehouse, hallam's skill at climbing buildings and picking locks) and the actors keep us emotionally connected. Probably my favorite thing is the evocation of the gloomy, gritty glamor of Scotland, which I wish were in more films! Full Review »
  3. GuilhermeS
    Nov 21, 2008
    8
    The most loving story about the most stranger character of the 21'th Century's movies.