Shank (2009)

Award-winning filmmaker Simon Pearce takes the helm for this gritty coming-of-age story about a teenage gang member who keeps his homosexuality a secret from his fellow thugs. Eighteen-year-old Scally lad Cal (Wayne Virgo) is all about sex,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

'Shank' has a lot more to say than the average no-budget gangland exposé, resulting in a film which, for all its clichés, feels surprisingly real.

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Andrew Pulver

A well-meaning but not always convincing attempt to hoodie-ise the gay coming-of-age drama.

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Adam Lippe

Simon Pearce's Shank successfully treads the line between sweet romance, gay soft-core porn, gang violence, and aimless exploitation.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Locally produced in Bristol with an up-and-coming cast and crew, this drama is remarkably tough, constantly challenging our preconceptions. It also transcends its budget to create interesting characters and some truly harrowing situations.

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Jon Fortgang

The raw power of the story isn't always very effectively harnessed but the level of conviction is certainly impressive.

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Thomas Johnston
At times the movie is flawed, but overall the story told of a conflicted young man coming to terms with who he is while in a place he can't be who he is.… More
jay nixon
Sad, depressing tale of deeply troubled and violent kids in England. Most of the characters are so repugnant and their acts so thoughtlessly cruel you could… More