Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    Marvelously involving family saga.
  2. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    Charming family story.
  3. 75
    It evokes the atmosphere of a Sergio Leone Western, sneaking up under the movie's human comedy and adding a smile.
  4. 70
    What really separates "Midlands" from Leone's desiccated, terse genre work is Mr. Meadows's doting attention to his characters' decency. It gives a demonstrative bittersweetness to a likable but small story.
  5. 70
    Sharply drawn and well-acted.
  6. 70
    Always predictable in its outcome, but it still retains a certain charm, mostly because of Meadows's cheerful sympathy and affection for his motley crew of characters.
  7. There are instances when the filmmaker tries for Western iconography and settles for ''Full Monty'' ingratiation.
  8. 63
    Meadows clearly has a flair for working with actors and for depicting the rough-and-tumble of ordinary provincial lives. If he could go just a bit deeper, the truly great Midlands movie just might surface.
  9. 63
    Just Brit filmmaker Shane Meadows having some fun with the conventions of the spaghetti western.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Pure bangers-and-mash realism: a spotty yet ingratiating working-class farce that suggests a Mike Leigh movie with opera buffa tendencies.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    63
    The film's best players can all be found in the supporting cast.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 23, 2010
    8
    Man returns to the Midlands from Glasgow to get back with his ex-wife after seeing her new man propose & fail to her on a TV show.
    Usual Shane
    Man returns to the Midlands from Glasgow to get back with his ex-wife after seeing her new man propose & fail to her on a TV show.
    Usual Shane Meadows affair with a good cast, funny dialogue, moving & Mike Leigh-light grit.
    For me, Rhys Ifans is just outstanding & after seeing him as Peter Cook recently & now this, think he's a very talented actor.
    Well worth a watch if you've enjoyed Meadows's other work.
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