Down to the Dirt
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Joel Thomas Hyne's acclaimed novel about a Newfoundland drug addict's attempts to make sense of his own warped existence serves as the foundation for this poetic yet visceral addiction drama that stars the author himself as the damaged protagonist. Keith Kavanagh (Hyne) is a collection of contradictions; he's a coward, a bully, and a clown all at once, and his life is a mess of complicated relationships. Though he longs to start life anew somewhere else, he lacks the motivation to put any genuine effort into doing so. The only thing that Keith knows is that he wants off of the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We know how his story will unfold."
‑ Patricia Hluchy, Toronto Star
"Many viewers will find time spent with this hapless screw-up two hours too many, but the pic does at least partly capture the source material's rambunctious gallows humor."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"By the time the movie finally gets round to the narrator enumerating the life lessons learned, viewers may already be sleeping it off."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Hynes is really effective as Keith, at ease with the rude, raw material that's drawn from his own past, and he manages to be charismatic even at his most down and dirty."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The movie, directed by first-timer Simms, gets really interesting -- in a squalid, darkly humorous, Atlantic Canada Gothic kinda way."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"...an uncommonly disagreeable effort that's destined to turn off most mentally-stable viewers."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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