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Set in 1978 England, AKA opens with 18-year-old Dean (Matthew Leitch) being kicked out of his working-class home by his abusive father. Shy but socially ambitious, Dean subsequently finds work with high society marm Lady Gryffon (Diana Quick), who introduces him to the privileged set. However, Dean does something to perturb the good lady, and is unceremoniously kicked out of her household. Loathe to part company with the perks of high society, he assumes the identity of Lady Gryffon's son, Alex, and relocates to Paris. There, he makes the acquaintance of Benjamin (Peter Youngblood Hills),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As the movie goes on (and on), this triple-image effect ultimately starts to feel less effective than what a single, well-placed camera might convey."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Coupling the plot with the presentation -- and the appealing cinematography -- makes AKA a film not to miss."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"'AKA' is DOA...boring, and boring in an irritatingly complicated way."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The triptych scheme underscores the basic blandness of Matthew Leitch as the hero, a cipher on the make."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Forget The Talented Mr. Ripley. AKA is the real deal."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The three-panel format gives the digitally shot picture enormous psycho-emotional layering."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"It's an eloquent testament to the fragmentary nature of identity."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The story is an interesting one, so I wanted to like this. I guess with three movies on the screen, I must have been watching the wrong one."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Roy has told an engaging, complex story with masks under its masks."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Subtle performances and the 'you are there' immediacy conferred by digital video give Roy's film the feel of a series of stolen moments."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Does the radical choice to split up the action contribute anything that couldn't be achieved in a more traditional format? The answer is a well-earned affirmative, and the drama is solid enough to make the whole enterprise worthwhile."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"An unforgettable film."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"An interesting though not extremely successful experiment, but it definitely makes you want to see what Duncan Roy does next."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Beautifully crafted, daringly staged, and movingly scored, AKA is a triumph of British cinema (and cinema in general)."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
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