Cemetery Junction
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Playing out against the glamorous backdrop of Reading, England, during the 1970s, Cemetery Junction (a nod to the stretch of road of the same name) focuses on a small group of colorful characters who work for an insurance company. Written, directed, and produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the film marks the duo's first collaboration for the big screen and features a cast that includes the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, and Gervais himself.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Disappointing tale of '70s youngsters devoid of wit or insight."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"The period setting has been captured to a tee; it's all red bricks, ghastly wallpaper, casual racism and cut-glass fruitbowls. Everything is viewed through a haze of cigarette smoke. It's little wonder the kids want out."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Gervais and Merchant's previous projects mastered the tightrope walk between comic cruelty and earnest drama. With Cemetery Junction, they waver wildly, unveiling some of their ugliest jokes and most saccharine emotional moments to date."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"An unabashedly feel-good and identifiable crowdpleaser."
‑ Andrew Hedley, Flicks.co.nz
"While Remi Adefarasin's cinematography gives the picture a superficially cinematic sheen, this is essentially small-minded fare, unimaginative in its ambitions and clumsy in its execution."
‑ Janos Gereben, Entertainment Insiders
"It's a strange hybrid of a film, boasting loudmouth boorishness instead of wit, and fortune-cookie schmaltz instead of heart."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"Gervais has come up with a surprisingly conservative coming-of-age comedy that shows very little of the satirical bite or formal daring of the TV shows that made his name."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Beware the comic creators who decide they want to be taken "seriously.""
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Cemetery Junction successfully creates a visual tone for itself, then, when it comes to dialogue and plot, it goes ahead to make a different film altogether."
‑ Andrew O'Hagan, This is London
"This is a passable, mildly diverting, coming-of-age Brit-flick. Coming from the Gervais/Merchant stable though, it's a frustrating let-down after past successes."
‑ Chris Roberts, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"It's refreshing to see a mainstream British film with the ambition to strut its stuff on studio terms."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"As filmmakers, Gervais and Merchant find a rhythm technically that makes the fact they never find the balance between humor and heart that they've achieved in the past even more of a disappointment."
‑ Stephen Saito, IFC.com
"A humble riff on the well-worn coming-of-age film. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"There's a strong autobiographical tone to this British period drama, and the cast is very good. But by never focussing the story in a meaningful way, the film pales in comparison to its nearest predecessor, An Education."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A first feature that is far from perfect but has its heart in all the right places."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
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