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Hallam Foe (Mister Foe)
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 a wealthy Scottish businessman (Ciarán Hinds). Still rattled by the death of his mom (who drowned in a nearby loch), Hallam retreats into a deep-seated fantasy world. He harbors amorous feelings for his new stepmother, Verity (Claire Forlani), until he gradually concludes that she murdered his biological mother. Hallam nonetheless lets himself be seduced… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bell was a decent kid actor and a terrific dancer in Billy Elliot, but he's grown into a really first-rate actor."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"While the film playfully telegraphs its inspirations, Mister Foe never persuasively comes together as a dark fable about an adolescent misfit stuck in loss."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"it's ultimately impossible to rise above the overly melodramatic script. The world doesn't really need another wicked stepmother, after all."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"The final installment of Mackenzie's 'sex trilogy' is so strenuously edgy it's tiresome."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"By the end of "Hallam Foe," you've nearly forgotten his all-too-regular boy development. Now you're wondering, what's Kate doing when he's not looking?"
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"[A] prettily photographed but relationally science-fictional coming-of-age blather."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Grumpy Glaswegians going at it are once again the focus of David ("Young Adam") Mackenzie's bleak and dreary -- but not wholly uninteresting -- drama."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"This Scottish film often pushes for realism, though its stylish tones fall back on whimsy."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Didn't I review this coming-of-age picture back in the spring when it was called Charlie Bartlett?"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's a coming of age you can believe in."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Another successful and intriguing entry in Mackenzie's growing oeuvre."
‑ Bonnie Fazio, Reel.com
"[Director David] Mackenzie has reined in the strangeness to deliver a conventional, if better than average, mystery."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Jamie Bell in his most memorable outing since Billy Elliot, as a Peeping Tom acting upon Oedipal urges in a dysfunctional family drama from Scotland."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
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