Explicit Ills Synopsis
The film follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Webber's way with his young cast is as unforced as the movie itself, which easily could have been overwrought and maudlin but is instead...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Webber has a knack for bringing out actors at their showiest, but he palms off too much first-draft sketchiness as ''ambiguity.''
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There's a lot of rambling and shambling going on in these overlapping stories, often to the point where Explicit Ills no longer feels like...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The lack of subtlety indicates that this is a first film, but the passion and insights are strong enough to make you wonder what he'll...
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Village Voice

A tender ensemble slice of inner-city Philly life.
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Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
As a look at the disenfranchised of America, Explicit Ills could use some work. As a debut, however, it's quite promising. I'm looking...
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The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
It's a beautiful message: surely there's no arguing with "Hey, hey, ho, ho, poverty has got to go!" But there is much to argue with, and...
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Los Angeles Times

Undone by a deadly twofer: lack of trust in characterization coupled with single-minded faith in spelled-out messages.
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By nicolenelch
Thank God I loved the film. It was sort of inevitable I would considering all the factors involved. But how amazing to see it with a theater full of people who also loved it, laughed and cried with...

Inspire the masses

By Movie expert 3000
The best film dealing with social issues in the past decade. This poetic tale of love, addiction, poverty and activism is a must see for everyone, no matter your political beliefs. It has a strong...

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By mblancaa
Excellent film based on real life issues. Brings to light what is wrong with our country with trying to surive with out health care. The director did a great job getting the message across with using...

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By czuccaro
Excellent film about poverty in America. A very raw look at how difficult it it is in this country for the poor to obtain basic human rights. This film will move you and inspire you to say "what can...

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Rated R | For language and drug use