The Wee Man
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1970's Blackhill, Glasgow: 11-year-old Paul Ferris has learned quickly that life on the street is tough. Everyone knows their place. Poverty breeds corruption, crime, violence and bullying. Growing up immersed in a culture of crime, Ferris finally snaps when tormented one too many times by a vicious gang of bullying neighbourhood brothers who have made his childhood a living hell. Now in his late teens, despite his father's advice and in the frustrated knowledge that the law enforcement and police do nothing to help, he decides to take on his tormentors alone and systematically wreak… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The violent past of onetime Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris yields a banal biopic in "The Wee Man," returning multihyphenate Ray Burdis ("Love, Honor and Obey") to the director's chair after an absence of 13 years."
‑ Charles Gant, Variety
"It's all rather familiar, well enough acted yet not entirely convincing."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"On the whole, The Wee Man is a fascinating story well told - the first steps in making a decent movie."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"Tediously self-satisfied at best, like a shady old bar bore holding you hostage."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"This brutal rise-to-infamy flick descends into a smug, profanity-choked endurance test."
‑ Oliver Pfeiffer, Total Film
"Blows any intrigue by piling on one gangster movie cliché after another."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"A clichéd, wearily familiar true-life crime drama clearly made on the cheap."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"[I]n this almost genteel film -- or as genteel as a film about men who intimidate and kill for a living can be -- [notorious Scottish gangster Paul] Ferris is a little boy lost, a rare man of principle in an urban cesspit."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"An undeniably watchable criminal soap opera offering personal redemption."
‑ Alan Bett, The Skinny
"The script's struggle to flatter its unprepossessing vigilante protagonist (he's prone to coming out with poetic self-justifying speeches, too) is unconvincing, if not arguably irresponsible."
‑ Hannah McGill, The List
"Manages to disappoint in every respect."
‑ , Scotsman
"A crudely directed, typically unreliable gangster biopic, based on a memoir by Glaswegian hard man Paul Ferris."
‑ , This is London
"As a whole, it's forgettable."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It never really sparks to life, thanks to a repetitive script and a frustrating lack of characterisation."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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