Somers Town

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

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Critic Reviews

  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: 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.
  4. Meadows and cinematographer Natasha Braier present their story with a gritty, unfussy lyricism that finds unexpected glimpses of beauty in overlooked corners of London.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 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.
  10. An agreeable if slight, vaguely sketched character study times two.
  11. 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.

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