16 Years of Alcohol
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This film explores one man's battle against the social and psychological ravages of alcoholism. As a child, Frank is confronted with two pathways in life, relating back to his ambivalent feelings for his father. Faced with this swaggering man, a womanizer and a drinker, Frank is torn between rejection and unconscious imitation. From then on, he continually vacillates between a desire for self-control and stability, and giving in to hatred and mistrust, a legacy of his painful experience of betrayal. His first precocious glass of alcohol drags him in this dangerous direction, which… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Eventually the movie drowns in words."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The frequent narration is a nonstop string of clichés, platitudes, and truisms that should have been flung out the cutting-room window."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"An intense and imaginatively mounted first feature."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
"Moving, lyrical and ultimately devastating."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"It's a carefully made movie, evocatively filmed and intelligently thought out by the director and his cast."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The film has a poetic pulse, its ups and downs accompanied by some smartly chosen pop songs, a seductive original score and McKidd's husky voice-over narration."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The voice-over is a touch pretentious and a few scenes play like acting exercises, but the film is filled with a real sense of hopeless poignancy."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"'Hello, my name is Frankie. And I am a violent man.'"
‑ Martin Scribbs, Mixed Reviews
"Richard Jobson's debut is full of abiding images that linger long after the final credits."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The freely associative, poetic tone signals this isn't going to be just another grungy British pic about young malcontents and petty crime."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"This Scottish memoir of inebriation and sobriety leans heavily on the hurt of booze and rarely on the high."
‑ Ned Martel, New York Times
"Even in its most violent moments, 16 Years Of Alcohol is suffused with visual poetry."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Actually, it's Trainspotting without the predilection for 'junk' and dead babies who crawl on the ceiling."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
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