Down Terrace
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Father and son Bill and Karl (real life father and son Bob and Robin Hill) have just been released from jail free and clear, but all is not well at Down Terrace. Patriarchs of a small crime family, their business is plagued with infighting. Karl has had more than he can take of his old man's philosophizing and preaching, and Bill thinks Karl's dedication to the family is seriously compromised when he takes up with an estranged girlfriend who claims to be carrying his baby. To make matters worse, there's an unidentified informant in their midst that could send them all to prison for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The British do kitchen-sink realism extremely well; they also have a nice way with black comedy. It's rare, however, to see the two as wickedly combined as they are in Down Terrace."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"Its litany of outrageous abuses and horrible crimes, as it careens from delicately phrased dinner-table insults to old ladies murdered in the street, is often gaspingly, ridiculously funny."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"A British gangster movie that isn't really a British gangster movie, Down Terrace shares more in common with the domestic realism of Mike Leigh and Shane Meadows than it does the geezery mob antics of Guy Ritchie and his alumni."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Has some poignant moments but gets lost along the way in the macabre."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Doesn't provide much of an electric charge until very late in the game, making the first two acts of the picture an incredible test of endurance for anyone not utterly devoted to the throttled fury of British kitchen sink dramas."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A low-budget effort by British director Ben Wheatley, Down Terrace is an enjoyably nasty piece of business about a down-market sort of underworld clan."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"A grimly amusing portrait of a closed system in which the pressure is building to an explosion."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"[Julia Deakin's] Ma Barker role (and performance) is essential to the film's grotesque yet enthralling familial fatalism."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"The junior Hill's script, written with director Wheatley, very deliberately considers the abilities of each of its elements, from the inanimate to the human, and uses each to their best effect."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
‑ Chris Cabin,
"A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Down Terrace is the auspicious feature debut of Ben Wheatley, who's spent a decade directing sitcoms, Web-isodes and commercials while fruitlessly pitching scripts to Hollywood."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"This is the sort of thing you'd expect if the Coen Brothers were British and they decided to do their own version of a "Sopranos" movie set in Brighton, England."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Chances are you've never seen a crime family like the one in Ben Wheatley's unusual, ferociously witty dark comedy Down Terrace."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"An unnecessarily claustrophobic visual scheme dings this otherwise so-so slice of darkly humorous, stakes-free entertainment, good for fans of certain British TV crime serials, and those schooled in the work of Shane Meadows."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
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