88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Somers Town, is a trifle: A short black-and-white lark with sharp edges and a soft center. It has its raptures, though, and then some. A disarmingly slight tale of adolescent friendship, Somers Town is one of those rare movies that seems to discover itself as you watch it.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A small but important film about small but important lives, the latest drama from Shane Meadows further confirms that more people should know about this gifted director.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Meadows and cinematographer Natasha Braier present their story with a gritty, unfussy lyricism that finds unexpected glimpses of beauty in overlooked corners of London.
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80

Empire

Meadows in a minor key but still a major delight; his improvised feel, sparky comedy and interest in the truth of youth services a story that’s both winning and winsome.
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80

Los Angeles Times

A funny and endearing character comedy whose extra-brief, 70-minute running time proves perfectly adequate for its slender, episodic story.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Like its star, the movie is too short and a little thin but just about perfect.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Just when this black-and-white, microbudget movie seems poised to spring an indictment of the Dickensian social order, it ends, but in a redemptive ray of color.
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70

Variety

Basically a comedy but with typically Meadowsian dark edges, it forms an affectionate tribute to cross-cultural friendship and the rapidly changing landscape known as Somers Town.
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70

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
An agreeable if slight, vaguely sketched character study times two.
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70

Village Voice

Without ever trivializing his characters' meager circumstances or resorting to the rags-to-riches fantasy of "Slumdog Millionaire," Meadows has made a lovely film about the ability of the imagination to offset the harshness of reality.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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