90

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Boyega is absolutely riveting, leading with a stern glower, and constantly trying to prove himself. Yet Moses has a deep well of tenderness and honor beneath the façade, and Boyega almost single-handedly makes you care not just about his character, but about everyone in any gang that would align itself with him. He's that magnetic.
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88

Washington Post

In the end, police descend on the block at the very moment their presence becomes irrelevant. They misinterpret everything; locals watch as they blame all the wrong people. Soon their flashing lights will drive away, and the block will go back to taking care of itself the best it can.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite, baby.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

There could be a few more scares and laughs, but it's a blast to be drawn into this urban ecosystem that is, to us Yanks, itself a bit alien.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The cast is splendid, the script quick-witted and the action satisfying.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

There's a vaguely Spielbergian quality to Cornish's skill at balancing the sense of shared adventure with genuine danger.
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75

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The picture's finale isn't as smart as it ought to be. Cornish tries to make a damning social statement, but the only thing you take away from the movie is how cool it is to kick alien ass.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie, which should have been titled "Defend the Block," illustrates once again that zombie, horror and monster movies are a port of entry for new filmmakers. The genre is the star.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie's amateurishly made. But the script is full of little surprises.
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0

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Attack the Block is the other alien-invasion movie opening today, the lousy one, the one from Britain. In Britain, it's probably just a regular bad movie, but here - with accents that are barely comprehensible and in-jokes about council flats, not to mention a swerving handheld camera and some of the cheapest effects since "Night of the Lepus" - it's surprising this thing ever got released.
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75 out of 100
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