Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 18, 2013
    88
    Brannigan is terrific as Robbie, and the entire supporting cast is superb.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Apr 11, 2013
    88
    At age 76, Loach also decided to offer his characters, and audience, some hope — at the bottom of a glass.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Apr 5, 2013
    88
    Loach's realism always carries a distinct sense of humor, volatility and, most alarmingly in this hypercapitalist new century, a socialist passion for The People.
  4. Reviewed by: Grant Butler
    Apr 5, 2013
    83
    Although some of the accents are so thick it's difficult to understand the dialogue (where are the subtitles when we need them?) the performances feel genuine.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 14, 2013
    6
    After he becomes a father, a bloke with a violent temper (Paul Brannigan) tries to change his behavior. He teams up with his community service pals to steal a valuable whisky. His dilemmas provide sympathetic drama that moves to mild comedy after he teams up with the gang. Even so, his character carries the story. Director Ken Loach keeps the energy up and the performances agreeable. There's nothing exceptional about this project, but it's a charming little trip to Scotland (ironically, there are subtitles in case the brogue gets too thick). Full Review »