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  • Summary: Set in the East-End of London, Pure is a story about the bond between a mother, her children and the pull of drugs. (Indican Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    Real kudos goes to Molly Parker, searing as a heroin-addicted mother immobilized by the death of her husband, and to a poised little boy named Harry Eden, who's astonishingly good as the 10-year-old son desperately trying to hold her to the straight and narrow.
  2. Pure's lively and colorful cinematic style turns a "downer" story about grim lives and desperation into a powerful love story.
  3. 75
    It's not without one or two missteps, but remains likely the most impressive juvenile acting you'll see this year.
  4. 75
    One of the movie's intriguing qualities is that its horrors take place within a world that is not as cruel and painful as we know it could be.
  5. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    The film belongs to Eden, who creates a winning personality out of a combination of vulnerability, resourcefulness, toughness and fragility. It's an outstanding juvenile performance.
  6. 70
    Pure loses a bit of its nerve in the home stretch, but Eden's unforgettable performance alone makes it a compelling portrait of a smart young boy forced to grow up way too fast.
  7. This is a conventional, well-acted, English working-class drama in the familiar realist style, but it does not attain anywhere near the level of artistry and imagination of a Ken Loach film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. AugieS.
    Sep 23, 2006
    Beautiful Story, great acting
  2. FerencvanD.
    Sep 20, 2005
    Harry Eden alone makes this film a moving tribute to love and strength.