Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Somers Town, is a trifle: A short black-and-white lark with sharp edges and a soft center. It has its raptures, though, and then some. A disarmingly slight tale of adolescent friendship, Somers Town is one of those rare movies that seems to discover itself as you watch it.
  2. 83
    The result is a movie that feels enjoyably aimless--one that invites viewers to just hang out for an hour.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    80
    Meadows and cinematographer Natasha Braier present their story with a gritty, unfussy lyricism that finds unexpected glimpses of beauty in overlooked corners of London.
  4. A small but important film about small but important lives, the latest drama from Shane Meadows further confirms that more people should know about this gifted director.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    80
    Meadows in a minor key but still a major delight; his improvised feel, sparky comedy and interest in the truth of youth services a story that’s both winning and winsome.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    80
    A funny and endearing character comedy whose extra-brief, 70-minute running time proves perfectly adequate for its slender, episodic story.
  7. 75
    Like its star, the movie is too short and a little thin but just about perfect.
  8. Just when this black-and-white, microbudget movie seems poised to spring an indictment of the Dickensian social order, it ends, but in a redemptive ray of color.
  9. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Without ever trivializing his characters' meager circumstances or resorting to the rags-to-riches fantasy of "Slumdog Millionaire," Meadows has made a lovely film about the ability of the imagination to offset the harshness of reality.
  10. An agreeable if slight, vaguely sketched character study times two.
  11. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    70
    Basically a comedy but with typically Meadowsian dark edges, it forms an affectionate tribute to cross-cultural friendship and the rapidly changing landscape known as Somers Town.

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