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  • Summary: Acclaimed actor Richard E. Grant's semi-autobiographical "coming-of-age at the end of an age" story is told through the eyes of young Ralph Compton (Hoult). Set during the last gasp of the British Empire in Swaziland, South East Africa, in 1969, the plot focuses on the dysfunctional Compton family whose gradual disintegration mirrors the end of British rule. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    80
    An unforced, engaging and surprisingly incisive account of the disintegration of British rule in Africa.
  2. The film is so well acted -- by Byrne, who makes Harry's internalized agonies and continuously carried torch for his ex-wife touching, and by Watson and Hoult -- that its more cloying moments, including a staged version of the musical "Camelot" (which is too long), are a moot point.
  3. Thanks to Grant's script and direction, the exotic Swaziland location (a film first) and an engaging cast, this smartly crafted drama radiates a gently comic pulse.
  4. 67
    Never less than good but it's also never quite great.
  5. 60
    Though far from expert filmmaking - visual clich├ęs fly thick and fast - the movie has a swooning feel for the stark beauty of the African kingdom in which it was shot.
  6. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    50
    There isn't enough heft to the story to pull everything together. Watching it is like trying to assemble a puzzle that's missing pieces.
  7. 25
    The story lacks focus. The senses blur as wives and ex-wives come and go, and Harry regularly falls off the wagon, only to reform the next day.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5

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