Sugarhouse
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Actor-turned-director Gary Love makes his feature debut with this screen adaptation of co-screenwriter Dominic Leyton's acclaimed stage production Collision. Tom (Steven Mackintosh) is a middle class city boy who is currently scouring the back streets of London in search of an elusive and unnamed object. When Tom comes into contact with desperate young crack addict D (Ashley Walters), it looks as if he may have finally found what he's been looking for. Now, with time running out for Tom and D and psychotic local crime-lord Hoodwink (Andy Serkis) quickly closing in, the pair enter into… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

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"Three good actors get hijacked by a talky, pointless script."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The film, in the end, looks very much like an adaptation of one of those preachy plays that tries too hard to tell it like it is among the underclass."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"What justified filming Dominic Leyton's play Collision is hard to see, but the decisions taken in opening it out are what truly wreck Gary Love's misbegotten attempt to do so."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The script invokes sympathy for the characters only at the end - and by then the audience will probably have ceased to care."
‑ , Sun Online
"Feeling like a short that's been stretched out and mugged of its unpredictable tensions, it's a static slice of ghetto hell."
‑ Tom Hawker, Total Film
"Although the writing's exploration of common humanity across the social divide offers occasional worthwhile moral provocation, its evident theatricality also works against any sense of urban authenticity."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Directed by Gary Love, early shots promise much but it never delivers. Essentially a Play For Today, with more crack and a syrupy ending you can see coming."
‑ Stuart McGurk, thelondonpaper
"Dominic Leyton's script from his play starts as a flicker of fancy words and ends as a verbose fireball consuming all reality."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Less a movie and more a sustained panic attack, Sugarhouse is so unrelentingly violent, it's like being beaten with a housebrick for 90 minutes."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A grimy, rage-filled film. Shame about the middle bit."
‑ Aaron Davies, Little White Lies
"Strains so hard to establish some sort of rough street cred that it ends up feeling artificial."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"In Gary Love's determinedly gritty Brit-crim movie, three good actors chase around a script that keeps promising more than it delivers."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Mackintosh's character is a bit sketchy, and his occasional, dramatic interventions were not really believable."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A low-budget Brit-flick that bucks against the usual "urban cinema" conventions while showcasing its talented cast. Although it runs out of steam, its opening energy and verve are impressive."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"Despite thin caricatures and dodgy dialogue, this still stands out on the street."
‑ Kat Brown, Empire Magazine
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