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Critic Reviews for Cherrybomb
A valiant effort, but a little too yoof by numbers to be taken seriously.
It's a pity this reasonably polished slice of Skins-style youthsploitation makes such a fake and undangerous lurch into pills-and-vandalism melodrama.
It's cheering to see a Northern Irish story moving beyond the Troubles, but the merely adequate theatrics on display aren't noteworthy in themselves. Grint looks set for better things.
The rookie helmers and screenwriter Daragh Carville ("Middletown") provide enough window dressing to keep most auds entertained.
Strong turns from Grint and Sheehan, and a punchy storyline elevate this from TV drama to something powerfully cinematic.
Audience Reviews for Cherrybomb
Pleasantly surprised by this. I didn't actually recognize Rupert Grint and, judging by the description on the back of the case, I was expecting the usual out-of-control American teen story. I didn't realize it was British until I put it on and I think this was better for it. I liked all three of the main characters, even though all were obviously troubled in various ways. The young cast did a good job and the characters were well written. A small criticism would be that the ending is a little brief. I would have liked to have known what actually happened to the three of them. However, the reasonably short running time means this doesn't outwear it's welcome and it is well paced and keeps you interested.
The first feature from British shorts directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn, this is a small-scale but deceptively affecting teen drama. Following three alienated adolescents around a bleak Belfast, Cherrybomb's story is nothing new: the aimless youngsters hang out, get it on, and drink. Inevitably, harder drugs also make a critical appearance. However, while the dialogue is a tad clunky, the young leads - Rupert Grint (in his first truly "adult", if not adult, role), Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan - share an authentic chemistry. Visual flourishes elevate TV-drama themes to make for a genuinely fresh, cinematic piece. Which is a back-handed compliment when, even with Grint's Harry Potter popularity, Cherrybomb couldn't score a big-screen run here. With good support from the likes of James Nesbitt, D'Sa and Leyburn's promising debut has more emotional grit than we might expect from a teen flick. Disturbing twists and turns create a genuine edginess to proceedings.
Stilted, amateur 'Skins' wannabee with uniformly unlikeable characters.
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