Hallam Foe (Mister Foe)
Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) (2007)

With Hallam Foe, British director Peter MacKenzie and scripter Ed Whitmore adapt the 2002 novel of the same name, a quirky, bittersweet, coming-of-age psychodrama by Peter Jinks. The titular character is the 17-year-old son (Jamie Bell) of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 11, 2008
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Carefully balanced between the dark and the dreamy, Mister Foe is a charged coming-of-age story with whimsy and bite.

David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

Bell was a decent kid actor and a terrific dancer in Billy Elliot, but he's grown into a really first-rate actor.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

While the film playfully telegraphs its inspirations, Mister Foe never persuasively comes together as a dark fable about an adolescent misfit stuck in loss.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

it's ultimately impossible to rise above the overly melodramatic script. The world doesn't really need another wicked stepmother, after all.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

[A] prettily photographed but relationally science-fictional coming-of-age blather.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Although it's nice to see Mackenzie find uplift in the erotic, what helps drive Mister Foe is how deftly he turns chasm into intimacy between Bell and Myles, both of whom give sharply observed, charismatic portrayals.

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David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Grumpy Glaswegians going at it are once again the focus of David ("Young Adam") Mackenzie's bleak and dreary -- but not wholly uninteresting -- drama.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's a coming of age you can believe in.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Jamie Bell gives a watchable performance in this self-conscious, coming-of-age drama, though the film's overall effect is best described as David Lynch lite.

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Bonnie Fazio
Reel.com

Another successful and intriguing entry in Mackenzie's growing oeuvre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A teenage stalker with enough Oedipal issues to make Freud puke in his soup pursues his boss, a sweet but disturbed hotel manager. What this film lacks most is… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Who is Hallam Foe?"</i> Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to… More
Luke Baldock
Awkward and engrossing movie that overcomes its unlikable lead by making him confused and relatable. It's a very difficult performance Bell has to pull off… More
Jens S.
The story of a teenage peeping tom, dealing with his mother's death, his dad's new wife and then coping with a new life in Edinburgh while meeting a… More
Cynthia S.
This unusual film was a fantastic journey with the awkward lead character, Hallem Foe, as he pursued his voyeuristic impulses. No spoiler here. The acting was… More
Anthony Lawrie
This is a great British film! I was disappointed with David Mackenzie's Young Adam and so wasn't expecting much from this, but it turned out to be my… More