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  • Summary: Patterned after a spaghetti western, this is the story of a small time crook (Carlyle) who returns to his hometown in the English Midlands to try to win back the heart of his ex-lover, who is being pursued by another man.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Marvelously involving family saga.
  2. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Charming family story.
  3. 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.
  4. 60
    There are pages missing from this fable: Meadows reports that his financiers asked him to cut one-quarter of his original script just before production began, and his fondness for long takes sits uneasily beside the apparent gaps in the narrative.
  5. It's an interesting experiment that doesn't quite work.
  6. 50
    In the end, Meadows' film lacks the bite it needs to make us care about this oddball trio, endearing though they are.
  7. After 45 minutes of incomparable boredom, the movie gets slightly better when it stops reaching for cheap yuks and lets the actors do what they do well.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 23, 2010
    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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