• Released
  • March 6, 2009
  • R , 1 hr 27 min
  • Drama
  • 7 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: The film follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia.

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70

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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67

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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63

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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60

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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60

Village Voice

A tender ensemble slice of inner-city Philly life.
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60

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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50

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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40

Los Angeles Times

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Undone by a deadly twofer: lack of trust in characterization coupled with single-minded faith in spelled-out messages.
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Rated R | For language and drug use