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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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 2, 2013
    80
    Ken Loach's latest collaboration with screenwriter Paul Laverty is warm, funny and good-natured. It's a freewheeling social-realist caper – unworldly and at times almost childlike.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 11, 2013
    70
    Ken Loach better watch out. From the start of his illustrious career his name has been synonymous with left-wing politics expressed in remarkably fine, consistently serious social-realist dramas, most of them set in England or Scotland. Now he has gone and directed a comedy from a script by his longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, and it's so delightful that his fans will be clamoring for more.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 12, 2013
    67
    The film itself vaporizes before your eyes, but it’s likable. Given its unstable mishmash of thuggery and whimsy, that’s something of an achievement.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 2, 2013
    60
    Like good whisky, Loach is mellowing and becoming subtler with age — though a swift chug still has a bit of a kick.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 10, 2013
    30
    The prolific 76-year-old British creator of character-rich, social dramas steeped in natural realism (usually) has whiffed it and whiffed it hard with this one. It’s not that it’s just “lesser Loach.” It is, in my opinion at least, humiliating.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  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). Expand

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