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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)
Score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    Solid if unspectacular.
  4. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    75
    Pure belongs to Eden, a remarkably strong child actor, and Deadwood's Molly Parker, broken and affecting as his sweaty, gear-crazy mum.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    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.
  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
    9
    Beautiful Story, great acting
  2. FerencvanD.
    Sep 20, 2005
    8
    Harry Eden alone makes this film a moving tribute to love and strength.

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