The Be All and End All
The Be All and End All (2009)

In this British comedy-drama, Robbie (Josh Bolt) and Ziggy (Eugene Byrne) are two fifteen-year-old boys growing up in Liverpool who are best friends. They're also both virgins, and like most boys their age they have sex on the brain and… More

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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kate Stables
Total Film

Both plotting and playing are a bit ragged and the visuals are telly-tastic, but the film's fresh, unvarnished take on male friendship is altogether winning.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

This is a movie with a big heart, and nice performances from Josh Bolt and Eugene Byrne, playing teenage best mates, but for me it somehow never quite got over its sentimental unrealities.

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Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

The film's keen observation of individuals in crisis, not to mention its adept balance of life-affirming wit and chastening introspection, give it plenty of heart.

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

A few rather clunky plot developments aside, this is a tender, funny and very well acted film with engaging characters.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Others may respond more readily than I did to this ambitious attempt to blend kitchen-sink realism, heartwarming sitcom and raunchy sex comedy. For me, they didn't gel at all.

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Simon Crook
Empire Magazine

It could have been terrible, but director Bruce Webb's comedy is affecting, funny and really very moving.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's poignant, well acted and occasionally funny, but a little formulaic, too.

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Michael Leader
Little White Lies

A conflicted, uneven experience: sugary kitchen-sink realism with wank jokes.

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