100

RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
Gimme the Loot is thrilling, although there aren't any stereotypically "thrilling" sequences. The thrill comes from the compulsively watchable dynamic between the two leads (non-professional actors, both of them), the excellent supporting cast (also non-professionals), and the fun use of multiple locations throughout the bustling metropolis.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

Adam Leon has created something unique and current, with affectionate nods to New York films of the past. The soundtrack is superb, filled with doo-wop and R&B numbers that soar with nostalgia for a time gone by. His young cast inhabits the world of the film like a well-worn pair of sneakers. Gimme the Loot is successful on every level, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW. It is thrilling to contemplate what Leon will do next.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Instead of the easy attitudinizing that is the default position for teen comedies, Gimme the Loot fills each frame with raw talent and exuberance.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
This is a true New York movie, though in its ear and eye for atmospheric beauty it feels more French.
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85

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Leon isn't a flashy director, but he has an excellent sense of proportion. Gimme the Loot unfolds in a series of loose, funny, naturalistic scenes, but they never trail off into improvisational vapors.
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80

New York Daily News

Director Adam Leon, 31, has slyly and reverentially crafted a perfect New York movie, including the class tensions, relentless hustling and spontaneous connections that best define the exuberant strain of the city. The soundtrack, filled with mostly soul oldies, somehow feels exactly right for the sweaty New York summer of this scrappy kid-venture.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The pair are scrappy and smart and riff off each other like a no-budget, indie version of Tracy and Hepburn. It's impossible not to like them, and there's absolutely no reason not to.
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The young, novice actors are charming, but they haven’t completely mastered the art of natural-sounding dialogue.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
It’s funny as hell, sometimes too self-consciously “indie” — but it leaves us with a final shot as perfect as anything I’ve seen to close a movie in quite some time.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Mostly it’s a footloose tour through the noise and sun of a summer metropolis and an unassumingly wise portrait of a friendship.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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