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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Inevitably, this is a sympathetic, one-sided film and its familiar perspective is a nostalgic, sometimes tiresome one that imagines a 'golden age' when grannies could leave their doors open at night."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A deliberately distressed and scratchy documentary of talking heads, sporting the same sinister techno score and added subtitles for non-cockneys."
‑ Ali Catterall, Film4
"This is a disappointingly reverential exercise in East End mythologising that's too busy sucking up to its rheumily sentimental interviewees to spend enough time exploring the few interesting observations they do make."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"The End could be criticised for being one-sided (none of the victims get a look-in). But that's missing the point, for at heart it's really a portrait of a long-gone era. In all, it's the best British crime film in years."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"The film, a success on the festival circuit, has been described as "carving, visceral, right in your face... scary, gob-smacking". I merely concur, in case they know where I live."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"The film is a flavourful record of what is - as the interviewees are well aware - a vanishing culture, but it doesn't dig deep."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"The flesh-crawling thrill is that these stories about armed robberies, ghastly fights, and grisly murders are utterly compelling."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Moodily shot on monochrome and accompanied by an industrial soundtrack, it already seems these hardmen belong to a different, rose-tinted era."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"It is a fist-in-your-face scary and, in the end, absorbing film."
‑ Mark Adams, Sunday Mirror [UK]
"This grainy documentary that lets the Cockney hard men brag about violence, honour codes and the changed East End. Director Collins appeared with her sister Teena in Guy Ritchie's Snatch. That explains a lot."
‑ John Walsh, Independent
"A movie that is non-judgmental to the point of celebration."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Intentionally or not, Nicola Collins's filmed interviews with various old-school East End geezers give us a fair idea of their sentimentality, paranoia, smugness and flashes of humour."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"They're eloquent, witty and quietly terrifying, the glitchy visuals and chilly score undercutting the laughs with a tremendous sense of foreboding."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Would you Adam and Eve it, the film is packed with notorious criminals including Victor Dark, a man living by the "code" of "helping old ladies across the road.""
‑ , Sun Online
"The second half of this most watchable debut sows a few doubts. The old sweats admit that prison has wasted half their lives, that they indeed "done wrong" and, in two cases, that God has saved them from themselves."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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