Chiko
Chiko (2008)

Throwing instead of pulling its punches, this is the story of Isa (as he's actually named, but who finds the nickname Chiko much cooler) who grows up in a Hamburg suburb. It might be one of the world's richest cities but every beast… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 9, 2008
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wally Hammond
Time Out

Impressive directorial skills, if a trite plotline, are on offer in Turkish-German writer-director Özgür Yildirim's occasionally violent debut feature.

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Cosmo Landesman
Times [UK]

Despite the fresh setting and fine performances, Yildirim's screenplay is just too familiar to really admire. Instead of violent and ruthless Italians, we get violent and ruthless Turks.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

The film has little new to offer but Ozgür Yildirim directs with assurance.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

This is frankly pretty cliched stuff.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Chiko's German boss, Moritz Bleibtreu confirms his reputation as one of Europe's most compelling younger film actors.

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Rich Cline
This is London

Something more than just a thriller - a film as accurate and hard-nosed as it needs to be.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

It's hard to take your eyes off Moschitto's bulldog-like antihero - with his dangerous lips and furtive power plays, he makes Vincent Cassel in Mesrine look like Dale Winton's camper twin.

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Never does the plot deviate from its almost pre-ordained course and as we witness the rise and fall of Chiko not once is there a surprise in store to ramp up the interest.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

The feature debut of writer/director Özgür Yildirim, Chiko may offer a familiar account of ambition, excess and revenge in the narcotics biz, but it's executed with assurance and acted with force.

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