Explicit Ills
Explicit Ills (2009)

The beauty of hope and the power of unity form the foundation of this tale of youthful love, drugs, and poverty in the City of Brotherly Love. Seven-year-old Babo suffers from asthma, and lives with his mother in a dangerous section of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 14, 2009
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its politics can be heavy-handed at times, Mark Webber's directorial debut is sincere and well-acted.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A movie that too often feels comprised of arty public service announcements can only be considered a lost opportunity.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

There is much to argue with, and much to regret, about a film whose director thinks he needs to drop an anvil on our heads when art would suffice.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

suffers from a simultaneous affliction of overwriting and underwriting

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Despite a good cast, Explicit Ills is about as phony as it gets.

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Alison Willmore
Time Out New York

The film's cast and the fluid camerawork are as hip as can be, and in this age of Obama, so is the sentiment -- unflinching but optimistic.

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Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com

all social smoke and mirrors.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Gorgeous to look at and touchingly sincere, Mark Webber's directorial debut makes a considerable impact despite its evident flaws.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Two of the cast members shine: Lou Taylor Pucci as a drug dealer who finds a new lover and baptizes himself in substance abuse, and Rosario Dawson as a mother trying to care for her asthmatic son with no health insurance.

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Clay Cane
BET.com

In an era of low-blow comedies and fluff action flicks, this movie will inspire you to be aware, conscious and sensitive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
William Goss
Ensemble drama clumsily works its way to a Big Message.